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Moscow, Riyadh to offer common means to stabilize Middle East regions — Lavrov

November 21, 2014, 13:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“We are interested in overcoming disputes inside the Islamic world, with which Russia has been cooperating closely for years,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said
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Arabian foreign minister Saud Al Faisal and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Arabian foreign minister Saud Al Faisal and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

© Zurab Dzhavakhadze/TASS

MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. Moscow and Riyadh will be looking for common means to stabilize the situation in regions of the Middle East, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday at the beginning of his talks with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal al Saud.

“We appreciate regular contacts at the political level, where we may reach accord in analyzing the unrest in the Middle East and discuss development of bilateral contacts,” Lavrov said. “During your previous visit to Russia, at a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, we discussed strategically those issues.”

The Russian foreign minister spoke about a common interest for offering “ways to stop destabilization in the region and to provide peaceful development of all the countries there.”

Lavrov said it would be most important to hear opinions of the counterpart as a representative of the country keeping Muslim relics.

“We are interested in overcoming disputes inside the Islamic world, with which Russia has been cooperating closely for years,” Lavrov said. “We are interested in development of bilateral relations. This meeting will be a step forward to improvement of the trustworthy dialogue between our countries.”

Saud al-Faisal al Saud said the Islamic world is now facing many problems that affect the reputation of Islam. The foreign minister said those problems were typical for all religions, and that they had emerged long ago as consequences from long-lasting crises.

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