Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem met his Russian, Iraqi, Algerian and North Korean counterparts on the sidelines of the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday.
Moallem met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, with talks focusing on the latest regional developments and the crimes of the Islamic State, the Nusra Front and other terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq.
The two sides stressed the necessity of continuing coordination in all fields, emphasizing the importance of the Russian-Syrian Joint Committee’s forthcoming meeting and the necessity of making its deliberations a success in light of the strategic relations between the two countries.
Earlier, Moallem held talks with Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari., discussing with him bilateral cooperation and coordination to confront IS and Nusra.
The dangers posed by the practices of these terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, including the slaying of civilians and the destruction of Arab Muslim and Christian heritage and civilization figured prominently during the meeting.
Also on the agenda were the efforts to dry up the sources of financial and logistical support for terrorists.
As he underlined the importance of coordination between Syria and Iraq, the foreign minister warned that the countries involved in the international campaign against the terrorist organizations might have “different ulterior agendas.”
The two ministers stressed that the strikes be focused on the terrorist organizations, spare populated areas and respect the two countries’ sovereignty.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer