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Putin says Russia intends to boost interaction with Arab League

March 29, 2017, 13:12 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a message of greetings to the leaders of the Arab League member states taking part in the organization’s summit that opened in Jordan on Tuesday. The message was published on the Kremlin website.

"Russia plans to boost interaction with the Arab League to help find early political and diplomatic solutions to regional crises as well as facilitate the post-conflict reconstruction of the affected territories," the message reads. "We will continue to take measures aimed at strengthening the Syrian ceasefire, fighting terror groups active in the country, providing humanitarian aid to civilians and advancing the political process."

The Russian leader also said that the Middle East and North Africa were currently going through a hard time while the role of the Arab League was growing "as it is a mechanism for multilateral dialogue and coordination of joint efforts." Putin emphasized that the Palestinian-Israeli issue needed to be solved in order to bring long-term stability to the region. "In this connection, the Arab Peace Initiative (a proposal to end the Arab-Israeli conflict endorsed by the Arab League in 2002) is particularly important for it can pave the way for facilitating the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations," the Russian leader added.

Putin stated that the further development of meaningful ties between Russia and the Arab League was in the interests of the countries’ peoples as it would help enhance global security and stability.

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