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29 April 201712:22

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al Safadi, Moscow, April 29, 2017

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Mr Minister, my dear friend,

Colleagues,

We are delighted to welcome you to Moscow on this Saturday. This underscores how fast the international situation is changing, particularly the events in and around Syria. In a few days, another round of consultations will be held in Astana between the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the armed opposition, with the participation of the guarantor states. We believe it is very useful to exchange opinions on preparations for this important event. Of key importance will be the issues on the agenda related to further consolidation of the ceasefire regime, implementation of trust-building measures, delivery of humanitarian aid and providing favourable conditions for a political settlement. Ceasefire between the government forces and the armed opposition is equally important for the fight against the terrorist threat in Syria.

All these issues were considered in detail during President Vladimir Putin’s contacts with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. They discussed issues that concern you, above all, such as the situation on the Jordanian-Syrian border. We know that ISIS is in control of southern Syria, and Jabhat al-Nusra likewise has built up its potential there. Today we would like to discuss your ideas on neutralising this threat, ensuring a ceasefire and advancing more resolutely on terrorist positions. We believe it is crucial for this purpose to unite the efforts of all those fighting against terrorism in Syria, namely the Russian Aerospace Forces and the US-led coalition. King Abdullah II has repeatedly said that cooperation between Russia and the US is the key to successful international efforts in Syria. Rest assured, we are completely ready for this and expect the same approach from Washington.

I hope that at today’s meeting we will also discuss the situation in other parts of the Middle East and Northern Africa, and will talk about the seemingly stagnating Palestinian-Israeli settlement.

This is a good opportunity for us to look at our bilateral relations as well.

Welcome.

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