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Russia urges Syrian govt to pursue talks with rebels

Friday, 28 December 2012 - 1:43pm IST | Place: Moscow | Agency: Reuters
The call by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov came amid a diplomatic push to end a 21-month-old conflict in Syria.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov urged the Syrian government on Friday to act on its stated readiness for dialogue with opponents, amid a diplomatic push to end a 21-month-old conflict in Syria.

"We actively encouraged... the Syrian leadership to make as concrete as possible its declared readiness for dialogue with the opposition," Lavrov told reporters after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr in Moscow.


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