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23 August 201719:22

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s consultations with Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal

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On August 23, Russian-Turkish consultations on the Middle East and Africa issues took place in Moscow between Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal.

During the extensive discussion of topical issues on the regional agenda, the officials placed emphasis on the situation in Syria and related developments. In particular, both diplomats stressed that there is no alternative to the political settlement of the Syrian crisis under UN Security Council Resolution 2254. They noted with satisfaction the considerable reduction of the rate of violence in Syria as a result of establishing three de-escalation zones under the Astana process. The officials agreed to step up efforts to coordinate creating the fourth zone in Idlib.

The officials were fully engaged in the exchange of views on developments in Iraq, with both sides reaffirming commitment to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Iraq and noting the importance of the Iraqi people themselves solving their internal problems through an inclusive dialogue that respects the interests of all ethnic and religious groups in Iraq.

There was an in-depth discussion of the situation in Libya and Yemen and the prospects for the Palestinian-Israeli settlement process. The officials also touched upon Moscow’s and Ankara’s cooperation with African countries to the south of the Sahara and prospects for a bilateral cooperation in this respect.

Following the results of the consultations, they noted the importance of continuing the regular exchange of opinions between the Russian and Turkish foreign ministries on current Middle East and Africa issues.

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