Moscow, 11 March 2023 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, and Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud met in Moscow to discuss bilateral relations.

The two Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to advancing the historically cordial ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The bilateral agreements are also made during high-level talks. 

According to Lavrov, they have continued their commerce. In 2022, it was $1.7 billion. They consented to implement further measures in the future to enhance their business.

During the conversation, both ministers stressed the need for the two countries to retain regular political engagement and expand inter-parliamentary ties.

They also agreed to enhance delegation exchanges, particularly representatives from Russian regions. Despite global geopolitical changes and difficulties, it would maintain durable and promising bilateral trade dynamics.

The ministers discussed the Russian-Saudi Intergovernmental Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific, and Technological Cooperation’s role in coordinating the relationship between the two countries. 

This year, the commission will conduct its eighth meeting in Moscow. Both countries emphasized the commission as an essential vehicle for advancing economic cooperation between the two countries.

Lavrov stated they underlined their shared determination to coordinate efforts inside the OPEC+ framework. They discussed various regional and global issues, including the Middle East and North Africa.

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They reviewed the situation across Syria. They emphasized the importance of protecting the Syrian Arab Republic’s unity, territorial integrity, and sovereignty.

According to Lavrov, they exchanged information regarding the Astana Format and the efforts of the Syrian and Turkish governments to improve their relations.

They also spoke about the need to focus more on Syria’s humanitarian issues, eliminate unilateral sanctions, and step-up efforts to solve the Palestine issue.

He also noted their foreign ministries cooperate on Iraq, Lebanon, and other Middle Eastern concerns.

The Saudi Minister claims that Saudi Arabia strives to find a comprehensive solution to Yemen. He added that Moscow and Riyadh would coordinate their efforts to resolve several regional issues.

Faisal remarked that an inclusive and inclusive dialogue based on stakeholders’ legitimate interests and concerns would resolve many regional problems.

Russia has suggested a Gulf Area Collective Security Concept. This system would entail the establishment of mechanisms for a coordinated response to existing problems and dangers. It would involve the participation of all relevant stakeholders.

Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, presented an overview of Russia’s open views and considerations regarding the current situation in Ukraine and the environs. The Ministers agreed to continue discussing the matter and strive for a peaceful conclusion.