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UPDATE – Lavrov in Syria for talks, calls for peace and rebuilding

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Damascus on Monday for talks with President Bashar al-Assad and Syria’s foreign minister, the RIA news agency reported.

Following his meeting with the Syrian president Lavrov said that Syria needed international help to rebuild its economy.

For his part Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Monday he was keen to expand economic and business deals with Moscow, his closest ally, to help Syria weather crippling economic sanctions.

Assad, who gave the comments during a meeting in Damascus with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said he wanted to see Russian investments in key areas of the economy that had been agreed in the past succeed.

Russia is a close ally of Assad.

Lavrov also took the opportunity to call for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and said Moscow wanted the conflict to be resolved through dialogue.

Source: Reuters

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