4 July 201709:52

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the visit by Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit

1315-04-07-2017

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On July 5, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, who will be visiting Moscow from July 4-6 at his invitation.

The officials will hold in-depth discussions concerning the situation in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, the Qatari crisis as well as a Palestinian-Israeli settlement. In view of the current turbulence in the sphere of security, Sergey Lavrov and Ahmed Aboul-Gheit are expected to discuss the coordination of efforts, including collective ones, against international terrorism and religious extremism.

They will also talk about the further development of economic, humanitarian and cultural cooperation between Russia and the Arab League and will analyse the implementation of the 2016-2018 Action Plan aimed at implementing the principles, goals and objectives of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum that was held in Moscow on February 26, 2016.

Russia’s stable and regular political ties with the leaders of the Arab League, which is an influential pan-Arab organisation, provide grounds for exchanging opinions on current regional and international matters in a constructive and partner-like spirit. Sergey Lavrov and Ahmed Aboul-Gheit met twice this year, on the sidelines of the Fourth Session of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum’s ministerial meeting in Abu Dhabi on February 1, and during the combined visit  by the Russian foreign and defence ministers to Cairo on May 29. Moscow highly values its constructive and substantive dialogue with Arab countries and is resolved to continue to strengthen its substance. The rapid transformation processes that are ongoing in the Middle East and the common global threats and challenges call for strengthening interaction between Russia and the Arab League in the interests of peace and stability in the region and the rest of the world.

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