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Saudi FM in Germany to discuss Syria

Jubeir will visit Moscow on Tuesday to discuss Syria and the Islamic State group [Getty]

Date of publication: 10 August, 2015

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir will discuss the crisis in Syria with his Germany counterpart in Berlin today, before moving on to Russia on Tuesday for similar talks.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is holding talks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Monday, with the war in Syria as one of the discussion topics.

Jubeir will visit Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the Syria conflict and the Islamic State [IS] group with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign ministry said Saturday.

The two ministers last met in Qatar on August 3 when Lavrov, Jubeir and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a three-way meeting, with the situation in Syria topping the agenda.

The ministers will continue "a discussion on ways to resolve the crisis in Syria," the Russian foreign ministry said.

Moscow said topics would include the "sharp growth in strength of various extremist groups, primarily the so-called Islamic State".

"The ministers will discuss the possibility of Russia-Saudi cooperation in fighting terrorism, which is in the interests of both countries," the ministry said.

It said they would discuss Russia's proposal to create a "broad international coalition to fight IS gunmen inside Syria."

Moscow said the ministers would also pay "great attention" to the conflict in Yemen where a Saudi-led military coalition is fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels and discuss strategies for a "speedy resolution".

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