Russian, Australian diplomats discuss Syria, Afghanistan

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and his Australian counterpart discussed security issues in Canberra.

"The sides exchanged opinions on the latest developments in Syria and Afghanistan, the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear program and the nuclear problem of the Korean peninsula, as well as ways to settle conflicts on the African continent. They also discussed the problem of international sanctions, peacekeeping, the situation with women and children during an armed conflict, as well as the methods of the UN Security Council's work in modern conditions," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website on Thursday.

"The sides reiterated the need to bolster the UN's central role in international affairs and the importance of constructive cooperation with the [UN] Security Council based on the understanding of this UN entity's key responsibility for maintaining peace and security globally," the ministry said.

The bilateral consultations took place as Australia prepares to serve as the UN Security Council\'s non-permanent member in 2013-2014, it said.

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