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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir

    Saudi Top Diplomat Praises Russian Forces Pullout from Syria

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    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in Syria in light of Russian forces pullout in a phone call earlier on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir on Wednesday praised Russia's decision to withdraw the bulk of its forces from Syria as an important step toward the political settlement of the Syrian conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    Jubeir and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in Syria in light of Russian forces pullout in a phone call earlier on Wednesday.

    "The sides focused on the development of the situation in Syria in light of new possibilities opened after President Putin's decision to withdraw the bulk of the Russian air group from Syria," the ministry said in a statement.

    According to the statement, Lavrov and Jubeir stressed the importance of a sustainable political process in the country involving the Syrian government officials and the entire spectrum of opposition forces on the basis of principles approved by the UN Security Council and the International Syria Support Group.

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