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Lavrov to have negotiations with Saudi foreign minister in Moscow Aug 11

August 08, 2015, 13:43 UTC+3

Foreign Ministers will discuss closer coordination of actions in international energy markets and cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear energy, as well as the situation in the Middle East

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MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. Foreign Ministers of Russia and Saudi Arabia Sergei Lavrov and Adel al-Jubeir will discuss in Moscow on August 11 closer coordination of actions in international energy markets and cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear energy, as well as the situation in the Middle East, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

The foreign ministers will continue the exchange of opinions "on a wide range of issues on the bilateral and international agendas, which they began during a meeting in Qatar on August 3."

They will discuss "implementation of the agreements on the Russia-Saudi business cooperation, reached during the recent visit to this country of successor to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman."

Lavrov and al-Jubeir "will discuss most promising directions of the bilateral cooperation - bigger cooperation in the investments, closer coordination of actions in the international energy markets, detailed activities in cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, in agriculture and civil construction," the Russian diplomatic authority said.

"The foreign relations' part of the talks will be devoted to the complicated situation in the Middle East and under the conditions of degradation of the security situation, of great growth of power of various extremist groups and, first of all, the so-called Islamic State, of humanitarian crises affecting several countries in the Arab World, the general chaos and instability, caused, among others, by unwise outer interference in affairs of the Middle East countries, aimed at quick results," the ministry said. "With those aspects in mind, the ministers will discuss possible cooperation in fighting terrorism, which is in line with interests of the two countries."

"They will continue the discussion on ways to settle the crisis in Syria, which began at the trilateral Russia-U.S.-Saudi Arabia consultations in Doha on August 3," the Russian foreign ministry said. "They will exchange opinions on the Russian initiative regarding establishment of a wide international coalition to fight the Islamic State militants in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic."

The foreign ministers will also pay close attention to the situation in Yemen, "where continues the bloody domestic conflict with the outer, including Saudi, involvement."

"As yet, unfortunately, all attempts undertaken by the international community, including the UN and Russia, have not succeeded in stopping the armed confrontation, in easing life of the civilians in Yemen, who have to live in conditions of a humanitarian catastrophe, or in resuming the inner-Yemen dialogue," the foreign ministry said. "Thus, the foreign ministers will discuss possible actions to find options for soonest settlement of that crisis."

"During the talks they will analyse the situation in the Persian Gulf area, which has changed following the recent nuclear deal with Iran," the ministry said. "The suggestion from the Russian side is to continue working on improvement of stability in the region in the framework of the security concept, which we have suggested for that part of the world."

Lavrov and al-Jubeir will also discuss the situations in the Middle East’s "hot spots" like Iraq and Libya, as well as the complicated situation in the stuck Middle East peace process, the Russian foreign ministry said.

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