BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists that the negotiations for the Idlib de-escalation zone may be decided during the next Astana meeting in mid-September, speaking at a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir, Jeddah, Sunday.
“We actively support the effort of our Saudi partners in unifying different groups of the opposition – Riyadh, Moscow, Cairo – and creating a single negotiating team for talks in Geneva,” stated Lavrov. The Russian minister underlined that the de-escalation zones agreement should “be in effect for six months”.
Al-Jubeir commented on the Qatar crisis, saying that it should follow “all applied principals of all the other countries in the world”, in not financing terrorism, not spreading extremism and hate, and others.
“We have taken some measures and we will continue to do so, until Qatar responds to international community’s will, by refraining of supporting and financing terrorism,” underlined he.