Russia, Kuwait agree on Syria, Libya, Yemen, Qatar crises

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia and Kuwait have similar positions on the Syrian, Libyan, Yemeni, and Qatari crises.

KUWAIT CITY (Sputnik) – Russia and Kuwait have similar positions on the Syrian, Libyan, Yemeni crises, and the diplomatic crisis ongoing around Qatar, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday.

“We have very similar positions on international affairs, I would even say concurring positions on fundamental issues, persisting in this region. This also applies to Syria, Libya, and Yemen, the situation around Qatar, where our Kuwaiti partners are seeking to establish active mediation,”

Lavrov told reporters after holding talks in Kuwait.

As for trade, the minister said that the turnover between Russia and Kuwait has increased by 14 percent in 2016, and 43 percent during the first six months of 2017 alone. This rates of growth suggest that a turnover of over $500 million will be achieved soon, according to Lavrov.

He also commented on contacts between the parliaments of the two countries.

“Inter-parliamentary contacts are being established on a regular basis. The head of the National Assembly of Kuwait will participate in October’s session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to be held in Russia,”

Lavrov said.

On Sunday, Lavrov started a three-day working visit to Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar, during which the sides are expected to discuss bilateral relations and regional conflicts, including Qatar’s diplomatic rift with several Arab states.

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