12 August 202018:51

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud


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On August 12, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone with Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

The ministers discussed a wide range of bilateral cooperation issues with an emphasis on implementing the agreements reached at the top level during President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin’s visit to Riyadh on October 14-15, 2019.

In discussing the regional agenda, the ministers focused on the situation in Lebanon and Libya, and the Middle East settlement.

Sergey Lavrov and Faisal bin Farhan emphasised their solidarity with friendly Lebanon in connection with the explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4, and confirmed their intention to render any necessary aid to the Lebanese people in overcoming the consequences of this tragic incident. They also noted the importance of creating favorable external conditions to allow the Lebanese themselves to agree on forming a new government through an inclusive dialogue with the main ethnic and religious groups.

Exchanging opinions on Libya, the ministers stated the need to stabilise the ceasefire as soon as possible and to urgently relaunch inclusive inter-Libyan dialogue based on the mechanisms created at Libyan peace talks in Berlin and approved by UN Security Council Resolution 2510.

The ministers expressed concern over the deadlock in the Middle East settlement and emphasised the counterproductive character of any unilateral actions that contradict the universally accepted international legal basis for a settlement and that could lead to a dangerous escalation of tensions in the Palestinian territories and the entire region.

Mr Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s support for the activities of Saudi Arabia as the chairman of the G20 and Russia’s willingness to facilitate the achievement of meaningful results at the forthcoming G20 leaders’ summit and other G20 events.

The ministers also discussed the current situation in the World Trade Organisation.

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