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MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS/. Moscow supports Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and believes that Syrians can solve the fate of their country themselves, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said at the meeting with Syria’s opposition.
Lavrov said Syria’s opposition forces on a constructive platform need to unite to step up the fight against terrorism and implement the Geneva communique, a roadmap adopted back in 2012 to end the conflict in the country.
"It is not the first time when we meet. The visits of Syria’s delegations have already become a tradition. This is not just a process, these are our efforts on ending the bloodshed in Syria and restoring peace and security," Lavrov said.
"Russia strongly supports Syria’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity and believes that Syrians are able to decide their fate themselves and to solve difficult problems that the country is facing," he added.
This principle is enshrined in this April’s Moscow platform, Lavrov said. The sides then called for intensifying anti-terrorism fight to stave off a threat of bellicose extremism.
The document confirmed the commitment to launch a true all-Syrian dialogue to "solve the problems based on common agreement between Syrians as envisaged by the Geneva communique."
"We fully support your stance," the minister stressed.
Lavrov reminded of an initiative of President Vladimir Putin on parallel efforts in the fight against terrorism and the implementation of the Geneva communique. "One of the further preconditions on this path is the unification of Syria’s opposition on a constructive platform for a dialogue with the government," Lavrov said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Syria at talks earlier this month with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.
"At the above mentioned meetings, indeed, a rather detailed exchange of views on the Syrian affairs took place," Peskov said.
The Kremlin spokesman declined to give further details. "This is the only thing I can say," he said, adding: "I cannot provide you with any more information."
On August 25, King Abdallah II arrived in Moscow at an invitation of Putin on a working visit, which was his 14th trip to Russia since 2001. Last Tuesday, Putin also met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on the sidelines of MAKS 2015 air show outside Moscow.