Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan, reviewed in Moscow the positions of their countries on the situation in Libya, Yemen and the Gulf, and emphasized cooperation and partnership between the two sides.
At a joint press conference in Moscow today, Thursday, Lavrov stressed his country’s interest in rapprochement between Iran and the Gulf states and reaching an agreement through dialogue.
He expressed his hope that these efforts would continue, which he said would feed into the project presented by Russia to secure navigation in the Gulf and build confidence among the countries of the region.
The Russian minister welcomed the efforts aimed at launching what he described as a constructive dialogue with the Houthis in Yemen, calling for determining the party responsible for the recent bombing at Aden airport, in conjunction with the arrival of members of the newly formed Yemeni government from Riyadh.
Regarding Libya, Lavrov said his country supports a comprehensive peace process there with the participation of all parties.
On the other hand, the Russian Foreign Minister indicated that cooperation between Russia and Saudi Arabia contributes to the stability of energy markets.
For his part, the Saudi Foreign Minister stressed the importance of confronting Iranian activity in the region, and stressed the need to stop Iranian interference that impedes efforts to end the conflict in Syria.
In the joint press conference with Lavrov, Bin Farhan said that the solution to the tension in the region lies in Tehran.
He stressed that his country supports achieving peace in Yemen and Libya through dialogue, accusing the Houthi group of disrupting peace in Yemen.
The Saudi minister said that he discussed with his Russian counterpart the security of the Gulf, and that he explained to the Russian side the importance of confronting what he described as Iranian interventions that destabilize security and stability in the region.
Bin Farhan stressed the importance of the strategic partnership between Saudi Arabia and Russia to support global stability.