15 August 201813:18

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s working visit to the Republic of Turkey

1498-15-08-2018

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On August 13-14, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Ankara on a working visit at the invitation of Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu. He spoke at the annual meeting of ambassadors and permanent representatives of Turkey to international organisations, and also held talks with his Turkish counterpart.

The ministers discussed a wide range of issues on the bilateral and international agenda, including in the context of the possible upcoming contacts between the leaders of Russia, Turkey and a number of other countries on Syria.

The parties exchanged views on key aspects of bilateral relations in various fields and prospects for their development, and reaffirmed their determination to build mutually beneficial relations in trade, the economy and energy. Aspects of improving the legal framework were also touched upon.

The ministers underscored the importance of close cooperation on a number of pressing regional and international issues, including Syria and the Middle East in general, cooperation as part of international organisations, and anti-terrorist efforts.

The visit showed a high level of mutual understanding between the two countries, and confirmed the importance of the Russian-Turkish political dialogue in strengthening international and regional security.

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