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11 October 201714:06

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Expatriates Minister of Syria Walid Muallem, Sochi, October 11, 2017

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Mr Minister,

friends,

We are happy to have this opportunity to hold bilateral talks, while you are visiting Sochi taking part in the meeting of the intergovernmental commission that met yesterday.

I heard the results of this meeting that you held with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin were fairly specific and positive.

Today we have an opportunity to discuss the foreign policy aspects of our partnership, primarily considering the fact that the successes of the struggle against terrorism and the advance of the Syrian Army supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces are making it increasingly urgent to prepare the groundwork for a political settlement. It is important for us to know your latest evaluations so we can coordinate our actions in all areas.

Naturally, we will exchange views on how we and our delegations cooperate in international venues, primarily in New York and Geneva. The attempts to politicise the process of a Syrian settlement and exploit unilateral accusatory approaches continue at the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council. We will continue to firmly oppose such attempts.

We will also firmly counter attempts to politicise chemical cases, and the accusations against the Syrian Government, without any grounds or professional inquiry into the incidents when toxic chemicals were used on the territory of your country.

We have a busy agenda, so let’s get to work.

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