Date :Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | Time : 13:32 |ID: 118075 | Print

Iraq, Russia call for de-escalating tensions in Persian Gulf region

SHAFAQNA- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, accompanied by a delegation including representatives of major Russian energy companies, on Monday arrived in Baghdad for meeting with Baghdad officials to discuss the escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Barham Salih the President of Iraq at the Peace Palace in Baghdad.

During the meeting, they discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations, expand cooperation and the necessity of joint work and coordination to serve the mutual interests of the two friendly countries, and stressed the importance of the international community’s support for Iraq’s stability in the face of current challenges, pukmedia reported.

They also reviewed the latest political developments on the regional and international arenas and stressed the need to ease tensions to end crises in the region.

Lavrov also met with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed Ali Al-Hakim.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov called for increasing efforts to reduce tensions in the Persian Gulf region and the return of Syria to the Arab League (AL).

Lavrov told reporters after meeting that we have a unified stance on putting forward initiatives regarding the Persian Gulf region”, The Associated Press Told.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Moscow is going to supply military goods to Baghdad, while speaking at a press conference in the Iraqi capital on Monday.

“We have one point of view that we have to stick to the decision of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation meeting, which took place in April which is to carry out contracts on Russian military goods supplies to Iraq,” Lavrov said.

His counterpart Mohamed Ali Alhakim said they have discussed “the trade and economy cooperation, investment cooperation and partnership” with Lavrov before the press conference, ruptly tv reported.

Russia and Iraq are opposed to efforts to privatize the Arab-Israeli settlement process, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said .

“As for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, we are in favor of the commitment to all UN decisions, which promote direct dialogue between the parties in order to reach an agreement on a two-state solution,” Lavrov noted. “We believe that attempts to privatize the Palestinian-Israeli settlement process are counterproductive”, according to TASS.

At a joint press conference following a meeting, al-Hakim said that “regional issues were discussed in the meeting, as we talked about security challenges facing the region, and we emphasized the necessity to decrease the tensions in the  Persian Gulf region and securing maritime navigation in the  Persian Gulf.”

Iraq and Russia stressed on the unity of Syria and the necessity of its return to the AL, al-Hakim said, adding that the two sides confirmed the need to increase cooperation between the two countries to find a solution for the conflict in Syria, in accordance with decisions of Astana conference, , Xinhua reported.

The Russian top diplomat also had talks with parliament speaker Mohammed Al-Halbusi and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Nechirvan Barzani. The meeting is being held in Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Journalists saw only the beginning of the meeting when the sides exchanged greetings. The talks continued behind closed doors.

Earlier in the day, Lavrov met with Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Masrour Barzani and the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and former President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Masoud Barzani.

 

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