Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu
On October 27, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The sides had a substantive discussion of the Middle East developments. Concerning Libya, they reaffirmed their mutual interest in setting up a comprehensive intra-Libyan dialogue involving all of the country’s leading political forces and associations, underscoring the importance of the work carried out under the auspices of the UN.
Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed to continue frequent bilateral contacts, including between the ministries of foreign affairs, military departments and special services, to help resolve the situation in Syria and advance the political process in line with the UN Security Council’s underlying resolutions and the agreements between the Astana format participants.
They also touched upon the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh, emphasising the need to ensure a sustainable ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan as soon as possible. Both ministers stressed that there is no alternative to a peaceful resolution to the problem, and called for an immediate ceasefire and resumption of negotiations through the established OSCE Minsk Group mechanisms. The sides specifically noted that internationalising the crisis through the involvement of foreign fighters was unacceptable.
The foreign ministers exchanged views on key topics of the bilateral agenda, as well as on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.