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Russia’s new foreign policy concept seeks stabilization in Middle East and Africa

December 01, 2016, 18:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia intends to further develop bilateral relations with countries of the Middle East and North Africa

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MOSCOW, December 1 /TASS/. Russia will continue to exert efforts to stabilize the situation in the Middle East and Africa and support measures designed to neutralize threats coming from international terrorist groups. It will pursue a policy towards finding political and diplomatic settlements to conflicts on the basis of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of regional states, Russia’s new foreign policy doctrine approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Moscow will exert every effort to achieve a comprehensive, fair and long-term settlement to all aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Moscow supports the unity, independence and territorial integrity of Syria, which is a secular and democratic state where representatives of all confessions will live in peace and have equal rights and opportunities. Moreover, it will also stand for a political settlement in Syria where the Syrian people would determine their country’s future on the basis of the Geneva communique and the corresponding UN Security Council resolutions, the doctrine said.

Russia will continue pursuing a course towards developing all-round cooperation with Iran and seek the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions and the decisions of the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors.

Russia intends to further develop bilateral relations with countries of the Middle East and North Africa through mechanisms of interaction with the foreign ministers within the framework of the Russian-Arab cooperation forum. Russia will also continue its strategic dialogue with the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf, the document said.

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