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Lavrov on Middle East tour: Efforts to strengthen cooperation in the region


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is currently on a two-day trip to the Middle East. After meeting the Jordanian king in Amman, he traveled on to the United Arab Emirates.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is currently on a trip to the Gulf region. On the first stop of his Middle East tour, Lavrov met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. The king underscored the importance of an agreement between the Syrian state and the country’s people to stabilize the region and ensure the safe return of refugees.

During the meeting, the Jordanian king highlighted several strains that Jordan is facing due to the war in Syria. The king named drug smuggling as a particular challenge. Both politicians also spoke about regional developments and discussed bilateral relations between Amman and Moscow as well as possible strategies for resolving the Ukraine war.

The talks also addressed the situation in Palestine and ways to develop an effective negotiation strategy to achieve peace in the region within the framework of a two-state solution. The king reiterated his position on protecting Christian and Islamic holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem. Last year, Moscow already provided support for a rapprochement between Jordan and Syria, which led to a phone call between King Abdullah and President Bashar al-Assad in October 2021.

On Thursday, Lavrov continued to travel to the United Arab Emirates, one of Russia’s key partners within the OPEC+ alliance. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed met with his Russian counterpart in Abu Dhabi, signaling further rapprochement between the two countries.

“During the talks, ministers will compare their positions on key issues on the global and Middle East agenda,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The latest diplomatic talks followed a meeting between UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg last month.

The United Arab Emirates and Russia have close, strategic ties. In 2021, bilateral trade increased by 64.5 percent compared to 2020 to $5.36 billion, making the Gulf state Russia’s largest trading partner.

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