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Russian, Syrian foreign ministers confirm position on fight against terrorism

August 25, 2014, 16:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, August 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem on Monday confirmed the common position on an uncompromising fight against terrorism in all its forms.

In a telephone conversation at Syria’s request, Lavrov and Muallem discussed the growing terrorist activities in Syria and Iraq and the strengthening of extremists’ positions, particularly of the Islamic State (IS), the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“The top diplomats expressed hope that UN Security Council Resolution 2170 would be a significant step towards joint fight against terrorism, including within the international community’s efforts to assist to Syria and Iraq to countering this evil,” the ministry said.

Lavrov and Muallem “stressed that any actions against terrorist and extremist elements should be made in strict compliance with the principles and norms of international law, including the respect of states’ sovereignty”, it said.

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