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Russia: Lavrov and Lebanese FM tout creation of global counter-terror coalition01:47

Russia: Lavrov and Lebanese FM tout creation of global counter-terror coalition

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 18, 2015 at 11:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia and Lebanon have agreed that the United Nations should "mobilise a global coalition" in order to fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday. Lavrov was speaking after meeting with Gebran Bassil, his Lebanese counterpart, in the Russian capital.

Lavrov said that IS was "our common threat" considering that it “plans to create a caliphate over a vast territory from Portugal to Pakistan." Talks between the two diplomats were dominated by the fight against terrorism as well as by strategies for tackling the ongoing refugee crisis due to conflict in Syria.

Bassil said that while Lebanon is "politically disassociated from the Syrian internal problem," it has been greatly affected by a mass influx of displaced Syrians and the spillover from the conflict. Last Thursday the Lebanese capital Beirut was hit by a terrorist bomb that left more than 40 people dead.

Russia: Lavrov and Lebanese FM tout creation of global counter-terror coalition01:47
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Russia and Lebanon have agreed that the United Nations should "mobilise a global coalition" in order to fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday. Lavrov was speaking after meeting with Gebran Bassil, his Lebanese counterpart, in the Russian capital.

Lavrov said that IS was "our common threat" considering that it “plans to create a caliphate over a vast territory from Portugal to Pakistan." Talks between the two diplomats were dominated by the fight against terrorism as well as by strategies for tackling the ongoing refugee crisis due to conflict in Syria.

Bassil said that while Lebanon is "politically disassociated from the Syrian internal problem," it has been greatly affected by a mass influx of displaced Syrians and the spillover from the conflict. Last Thursday the Lebanese capital Beirut was hit by a terrorist bomb that left more than 40 people dead.