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US military strike: Syrian foreign minister to hold talks in Moscow

MOSCOW (AFP) – Syria’s foreign minister will on Monday travel to Moscow to discuss the crisis in his country with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Moscow said.

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem’s visit will come after a Saint Petersburg summit of 20 major developed and developing economies at which the Syrian crisis is expected to feature prominently.

Russia has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the past two and a half years, and is fiercely resisting possible military action in response to the regime’s suspected use of chemical weapons.

“They (the talks) will focus on an all-encompassing discussion of all the aspects of the current situation in Syria and around it,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.


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