Tue Sep 19 2017, 18:15:15 +03

Saudi King Salman and Russian President discuss Qatar crisis in phone call

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld-Ramadan18,1438H) Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received on Tuesday a telephone call from President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
According to Saudi Press Agency, during the conversation they reviewed distinguished bilateral relations between the two countries and opportunities for their development in all fields.
They also discussed latest developments in the region and joint cooperation to combat extremism and fight terrorism to achieve security and stability in the region.

Meanwhile, Kremlin issued a statement saying Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabian King Salman discussed the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar during a phone call on Tuesday.

According to Putin, the diplomatic rift in the Gulf in unfortunate as it disrupts the fight against terrorism and undermines Syrian peace initiatives.

"The heads of state exchanged views on the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa, touching upon the escalating situation around Qatar, which, unfortunately, does not contribute to consolidation of joint efforts in the Syrians reconciliation and the fight against the terrorist threat," the statement said.

The statement also said that the leaders discussed the further development of Russian-Saudi relations in various fields, and that they had mutually expressed desire for intensified bilateral cooperation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for dialogue Saturday between Qatar and its neighbors in the Gulf, promising to help mediate the crisis after a meeting with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

Beginning June 5, Saudi Arabia, and then Bahrain, Comoros, Egypt, Maldives, Mauritania, United Arab Emirates, Yemen's internationally backed government and one of Libya's three governments cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusations that the Gulf nation funded militant groups – charges Doha calls baseless.