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Russia: Lavrov expects ‘close, much more efficient cooperation on Syria’ with Trump administration01:06

Russia: Lavrov expects ‘close, much more efficient cooperation on Syria’ with Trump administration

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 13, 2017 at 12:18 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia expects to "establish close, much more efficient, cooperation on Syria with the administration of Donald Trump", speaking at a press conference following a meeting with his Mongolian counterpart Tsend Munkh-Orgil, in Moscow, Monday.

He said this cooperation would be based on a mutual "the perspective of anti-terrorism" and US President Donald Trump's "definite approach to terrorism as an absolute evil."

Russia's top diplomat also said that the Astana meetings should not monitor the obligations held by opposition parties "but also to promote and stimulate the political reforms process", adding "the participation of representatives of the armed opposition is fundamentally important in the political process".

The next Astana meeting on Syria is scheduled for February 15 - 16. Representatives of the Syrian government, the armed opposition, as well as the UN Secretary General's special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, and US observers have been invited to take part in the talks.

Russia: Lavrov expects ‘close, much more efficient cooperation on Syria’ with Trump administration01:06
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia expects to "establish close, much more efficient, cooperation on Syria with the administration of Donald Trump", speaking at a press conference following a meeting with his Mongolian counterpart Tsend Munkh-Orgil, in Moscow, Monday.

He said this cooperation would be based on a mutual "the perspective of anti-terrorism" and US President Donald Trump's "definite approach to terrorism as an absolute evil."

Russia's top diplomat also said that the Astana meetings should not monitor the obligations held by opposition parties "but also to promote and stimulate the political reforms process", adding "the participation of representatives of the armed opposition is fundamentally important in the political process".

The next Astana meeting on Syria is scheduled for February 15 - 16. Representatives of the Syrian government, the armed opposition, as well as the UN Secretary General's special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, and US observers have been invited to take part in the talks.

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