Syrian Arab Republic
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister of Syria Walid al-Moallem
It is very nice to see you and to take stock of what we are doing on the Syrian settlement, fighting terrorism, restoring national dialogue and aiming at further steps on all these fronts.
I am sure the successes of the Syrian army with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces, especially in Deir ez-Zor, and other areas are very impressive. This is the decisive contribution to defeating ISIS.
We would be ready to listen to your assessments of these issues and also of the situation in the country in general.
We talk on a regular basis to Americans – to the State Department, to the Pentagon. And we explained, as our Ministry of Defence publicly announced, what is going on. And we clearly stated that the attempts from those territories, which are close to the Americans, friendly, whatever they are called, attempts to make it difficult to finalise the counter-terrorism operation would not be tolerated.