In telephone conversations with his Chinese and UAE counterparts, the Russian Foreign Minister discussed regional and international issues.

Iran PressEurope: Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday 17 July that Sergey Lavrov held a telephone conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Lavrov discussed with Wang Yi some important bilateral and the international issues, including preparations for the summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the current global security condition, the situation in different parts of the world, integration processes in the Eurasian region, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS group activities.

Lavrov informed the Chinese side of the recent Russia-US arms control talks aimed at maintaining strategic stability.

Lavrov and Wang Yi stressed the mutual determination to continue working closely together in the fight against the coronavirus, including within the framework of the World Health Organization and other multilateral frameworks.

Lavrov also spoke by telephone with the UAE Foreign Minister on Friday, at the initiative of the Emirati side, during which the foreign ministers of the two countries discussed important issues of strengthening relations between Russia and the UAE.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, during the talks between Lavrov and Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, special attention was paid to the implementation of bilateral agreements which were signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Abu Dhabi on October 15, 2019, as well as other high-level bilateral contacts.

In addressing issues in the West Asian and North African regions, the two sides stressed the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities and a political settlement of the conflict in Libya and other areas of tension in the region.

Libya has been embroiled in violence and political instability since the 2011 revolution that toppled the ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's government, with the US and some European and regional intervention.

The country is currently divided between two rival centers of power, one being the government based in Tripoli, headed by Faiz al-Sarraj, which has been recognized by the United Nations.

The other being the so-called government of Khalifa Haftar, a warlord based in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk.


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