Moscow welcomes Riyadh’s growing interest in solving regional issues and problems on the global agenda, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.
Opening talks with his Saudi counterpart Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud in Moscow, Lavrov said, “We welcome the recently increased interest on the part of Saudi Arabia in playing an active role in solving not only regional issues, but also those problems that stand high on the global agenda.”
Russia is satisfied with how its relations with Saudi Arabia have been developing, the Russian foreign minister added. “We do consider them a priority and we have been doing our best to put to practice the top-level agreements being reached between Russian President, King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince [Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud],” Lavrov assured.
Russia’s top diplomat also highlighted the importance of interdepartmental cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh, and said the two countries’ ministries maintained regular communication. “We have been cooperating closely on all these issues with you and I believe that today’s meeting will enable us to coordinate additional steps that would contribute to solving relevant issues,” Lavrov concluded.