"Now we are holding active consultations on this problem both in bilateral and multilateral formats. I hope the consultations will result in agreements letting hold the next six-sided meeting on this problem," the Russian Foreign Minister said in Beijing on Thursday.
According to him, "the sooner it happens, the better". "Time is highly important in this issue, but the contents is in the first place," he added.
Igor Ivanov took part in a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing. The meeting was held in the Russian and Chinese languages, he said. "I like that many of my counterparts speak Russian. This is an important factor which helps to solve many problems" of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Russian Foreign Minister noted.