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    Russia, Arab League Discuss Situation in Syria, Iraq - Foreign Ministry

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    Russian Foreign Ministry said that Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Arab League Ambassador to Moscow Jalal Mashta discussed the situation in Syria and Iraq.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Arab League Ambassador to Moscow Jalal Mashta discussed the situation in Syria and Iraq during a meeting on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    "An exchange of opinions on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa took place, with a focus on the development of the situation in Iraq and Syria," the statement reads.

    The sides also discussed some practical questions concerning Russia­-Arab League cooperation, including within the framework of preparations to hold the third ministerial session of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum in Moscow.

    The meeting took place at Mashta's request.

    Vast territories of Syria and Iraq are currently being controlled by the Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State radical terrorist group, which is trying to expand its influence and fighting against official authorities of these countries. Russia has outlawed Daesh on its territory, classifying it a terrorist organization.

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