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    Lavrov, Kerry Discuss Geneva Talks on Syrian Settlement - Foreign Ministry

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the organizational issues of the intra-Syrian Talks in Geneva in a phone talk on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, the highly-anticipated talks on Syrian reconciliation mediated by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura began in the Swiss city.

    "[The ministers] focused on the organization of negotiations in Geneva between representatives of the Syrian government and its opponents aimed at resolving the conflict in this country," the statement reads.

    The two ministers stressed the necessity to discuss counter-terrorism efforts, humanitarian issues, political reforms during the talks.

    Lavrov and Kerry agreed to assess the Geneva talks progress during the next meeting of Syria Support Group in Munich on February 11.

    In December, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on settling the Syrian conflict, which reaffirmed the goals of the Vienna agreements to bring the entire spectrum of political groups in the crisis-torn country to the negotiating table.


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