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Russia backs visa-free travel with Arab countries, says Kremlin envoy

The talks on easing the visa regime are being conducted with all the Arab states, Mikhail Bogdanov said

MOSCOW, April 8. /TASS/. Russia is interested in having the visa restrictions with Arab countries lifted and is doing everything possible to accelerate this process through negotiations, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday on the sidelines of the Russian-Arab Business Council’s expo dubbed Russia - Arab World: Time to Cooperate for our Future.

"This issue is very important and requires additional effort," he said. "There has been some progress made in this direction. We have already agreed to lift visa restrictions with a number of countries."

According to the diplomat, the talks on relaxing the visa regime are being conducted with all the Arab countries, these issues are regularly discussed at the highest political level.

"It is in our joint interest to go along this path. We will do everything possible to accelerate the processes," Bogdanov said.