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Syrian president discusses settlement efforts with Omani foreign minister

October 26, 2015, 16:18 UTC+3 ABU DHABI
A day before his visit to Damascus, the Omani foreign minister had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov
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ABU DHABI, October 26. /TASS/. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday met with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi  in Damascus, SANA news agency reported.

The talks focused on ways of settling the intra-Syrian conflict and the situation in the Middle East.

The Syrian leader thanked Oman "for efforts to support Syrians fighting for their sovereignty and territorial integrity" and said that the success of the political process in Syria depended on defeat of terrorism.

On August 6, Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem visited Muscat. It was the first meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers after a more than five-year break.

Earlier, Oman played an important role in the normalization of relations between Iran and the West.

A day before his visit to Damascus, the Omani foreign minister had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Lavrov and bin Alawi, spoke in favour for the soonest launch of political settlement in Syria on the basis of the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. "The two foreign ministers discussed the development of the situation in and around Syria. The sides stressed the necessity of repelling terrorists and the soonest launch of political settlement on the basis of the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012," the ministry said, adding that the telephone conversation had been initiated by the Omani side.

The Omani foreign minister told his Russian counterpart about efforts to promote settlement of conflicts in the Middle East region.

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