Non-Aligned Movement officials discuss Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with high-ranking officials from the Non-Aligned Movement's member states - Iran, Egypt and Venezuela - on the sidelines of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

"The sides discussed a number of key international and regional topics, including the present-day situation in countries of the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on the need to settle the Syrian crisis. The problem of dialogue between civilizations was addressed in light of the search for ways to overcome international instability," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website on Thursday.

Lavrov mentioned the Non-Aligned Movement's important role in global politics and the high authority of this representative organization amid an emerging polycentric system of international relations.

The sides said that the approaches of Russia and the Non-Aligned Movement to a wide variety of topics are either close or coincide, including those aimed at forming a more fair world system and confirming the sides' shared commitment to the rule of law and rejection of brutal force.

"They also expressed their certainty about the need to further strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation, including within the UN system," the ministry said.

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