MOSCOW, December 21 (Itar-Tass) - Russia is ready together with other members of the Middle East quartet of international mediators to provide any assistance necessary to create the most favourable conditions for further Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday at a meeting with Yossi Cohen, the head of Israel’s National Security Council.
The two parties “have exchanged views on a number of key aspects of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the situation in Syria and around it as well as the resolution of the Middle East,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“A wide range of international issues, including the Iranian nuclear programme, was also under discussion,” the ministry said. “The two sides considered some practical aspects of the bilateral agenda.”
Lavrov confirmed Russia’s high-principled stand “on dealing with those difficult challenges the region faces through an extensive national dialogue without violence and outside interference”.
“In this context, the parties stressed the need for ending bloodshed in Syria,” the ministry said. “It was emphasized that the international conference in Geneva, which is currently being prepared by Russia together with U.S., international and regional partners as well as the Syrian side, aimed to put an end to the armed confrontation and to facilitate a peace settlement of the crisis by Syrian people themselves.”
The two sides expressed mutual interest in further Russian-Israeli exchange of views on global and regional problems, including the fight against terrorism.