Comment by the Information and Press Department on Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir’s visit to Russia


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On August 11, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks in Moscow with Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The ministers will continue the exchange of views on a wide range of bilateral and international issues that was initiated at the bilateral ministerial meeting in Qatar on August 3.

The ministers will discuss how to implement agreements on Russian-Saudi business cooperation reached with Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud during his recent visit to Russia.

In this context, Sergey Lavrov and Adel al-Jubeir will consider the most promising areas of bilateral economic cooperation – more intensive investment cooperation, closer coordination on the world energy markets, and concrete steps in interaction in the peaceful uses of the atom, agriculture, civilian construction, etc.

 The ministers will also focus on the grave situation unfolding in the Middle East as a result of the deterioration of security, the dramatic strengthening of various extremist groups, primarily the Islamic State, the humanitarian crises affecting a number of Arab states, and the general chaos and instability caused, among other things, by ill-considered, opportunistic and time-serving outside interference. Considering these points, the ministers will discuss opportunities for Russian-Saudi cooperation in the fight against terrorism that meet the interests of both countries.

The officials will continue to discuss ways to settle the Syrian crisis, an issue they spoke about at the trilateral Russian-US-Saudi consultations in Doha on August 3. Specifically, there will be a further exchange of views on the Russian initiative to create a broad-based international coalition against the Islamic State in Syria.

They will also focus on the situation in Yemen, where a bloody internal conflict with outside, including Saudi, interference continues unabated. Regrettably, all recent international attempts to halt the hostilities, help peaceful Yemenis facing a humanitarian crisis, and resume the inter-Yemeni dialogue, including attempts undertaken by the UN and Russia, have been unsuccessful. In this respect, the ministers will discuss possible steps towards an early settlement of this crisis.

It is planned to analyse the situation in the Gulf area, given the recent agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. Russia suggests working to strengthen stability in the region in line with the Russian-proposed security concept for the Gulf area.

Sergey Lavrov and Adel al-Jubeir will consider the situation in a number of hotspots in the Middle East, such as Iraq and Libya, and the difficult state of affairs regarding the long-stalled Middle East peace process.


August 8, 2015