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Russian, Israeli foreign ministers discuss Syria, Iran’s nuclear program

December 09, 2013, 17:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Lavrov confirmed Russia’s position “to resolve the existing problems by broad dialogue without violence and outside interference”
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MOSCOW, December 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is ready to contribute to promoting the Palestinian-Israeli talks jointly with the Quartet of Mideast Peace, the Foreign Ministry reported.

The ministry commented on Monday’s meeting between the Russian and Israeli foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Avigdor Lieberman, who is currently in Moscow to take part in a session of the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation.

The foreign ministers of both countries exchanged views “on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa with the focus on the Syrian crisis and the Middle East settlement”, the ministry said.

“They discussed several international issues, including Iran’s nuclear program,” the report says.

Lavrov confirmed Russia’s position “to resolve the existing problems by broad dialogue without violence and outside interference”.

“Thus, Lavrov and Lieberman stressed the need to put an end to the bloodshed in Syria. The Geneva II Peace Conference is designed to contribute to settling the crisis in Syria through peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition,” the ministry said.

“Russia confirmed readiness to continue contribution to promoting the Palestinian-Israeli talks jointly with the Quartet of Mideast Peace in order to ensure the peaceful and safe coexistence of both states,” the ministry said.

Lavrov and Lieberman considered bilateral issues. “They showed interest in continuing an intensive political dialogue on global and regional issues,” the ministry said.

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