Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Special Representative on Syria Lahdar Brahimi during the ministerial week of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
"Sergei Lavrov has spoken in favor of intensifying the special representative's activities in preparation for the international conference on Syria, which should mark the beginning of direct dialogue in Syria," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a report.
The meeting participants "expressed their common opinion that there is no alternative to a diplomatic settlement in Syria," the ministry said.
"They reiterated that only the launch of a political process in Syria can help stabilize the situation in the country and will have a positive effect on the situation in the region in general," the ministry said in a report posted on its website on Wednesday morning.
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