Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal received in Jeddah today Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The two sides held a lengthy and detailed discussions dealing with bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of developing them in many fields in addition to the discussion of regional and international issues of common interest.
Following the meeting, an official source at the Foreign Ministry said that the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister comes in the wake of the recent visit by Prince Saud Al-Faisal to Russia on the development of relations between the two countries and agreement to work together within the framework of existing efforts to implement the agreement of Geneva I that aimed to achieve a peaceful transition of power in Syria, in order to preserve its independence, sovereignty, national and territorial unity. Geneva I also aimed at directing efforts towards combating terrorist organizations that took advantage of the Syrian crisis and found a safe haven on its territory, as well as working to eliminate all the causes that have encouraged the entry of these terrorist organizations into Syrian territories.
The official source added that the meeting also dealt with the deteriorating situation in Iraq and its effects on the region and agreement on the importance of focusing efforts in the current stage on ensuring Iraq's security and territorial integrity and on achieving national unity among all the components of the Iraqi people to ensure equality among them in both rights and duties. The source added, “The Kingdom confirmed on its part that achieving this goal requires the initiation of the formation of a government of national unity that is representative of various categories of all the Iraqi people without any sectarian discrimination or exclusion with the emphasis that any foreign intervention at this stage would deepen the crisis and sectarian tensions prevailing there because of the state of sectarian exclusion experienced by it with the need to remove all the causes of this sectarian tension.
The meeting and talks were attended by Vice Foreign minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar Madani.