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    Germany Joins Russia’s Supporters, Seeks Cooperation in Syria

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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier recently had a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to resolve the situation in Syria. Steinmeier argued that Saudi Arabia showed little willingness to cooperate in the resolution of the conflict and was reluctant to friendly relations with Iran, DWN wrote.

    According to Steinmeier, Iran and Saudi Arabia – two major regional powers in the Middle East – are far from a rapprochement, which is considered essential for the settlement of the Syrian crisis.

    "At this stage it is very difficult to actually bridge the deep trenches between Tehran and Riyadh," Steinmeier said on Monday after a meeting with the Saudi king Salman in Riyadh.

    Saudi Arabia was interested in a political resolution, but expressed its distrust of Iran and stated that relations between the two countries are unlikely to improve in the near future.

    Steinmeier reportedly informed his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the talks in Riyadh and discussed with him the current situation in Syria. Details of the meeting have not been disclosed, but it shows that Germany is interested in cooperation with Russia to resolve the crisis.

    Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry proposed to organize a conference on Syria, including the US, Turkey, Russia and Jordan. This idea was proposed by Russia long before, DWN reported.

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