Actions by extremist groups have jeopardized security of a lot of Arab countries, and it is impossible to combat these groups if the regional situation is not improved in general, which implies the soonest possible settlement of the crises in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
"We presume that it is impossible to efficiently combat terrorism without improving the regional situation in general. The soonest possible settlement of the crisis situations in Syria, Libya, and Yemen based on international law principles through maintaining a broad dialogue and seeking nationwide accord seems very important in this context," Putin said in a message to the participants in a summit of Arab states, whose text is available on the Kremlin website.
The meeting of the Arab League heads of state and government is "being held amid complicated sociopolitical and economic changes in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, with which Russia has always had close relations of friendship and cooperation," Putin said. "We support the Arab states' striving for a happy future and favor the resolution of all problem facing them in a peaceful way, without interference from the outside," Putin said.
"Unfortunately, security of a lot of Arab countries today has been jeopardized by the increasing activities of extremist and terrorist groups, which are seizing whole cities and provinces, causing sufferings to hundreds of thousands of civilians and destroying humankind's priceless cultural heritage. Russia strongly denounces these criminal deeds having no justification," he said.
"I would like also to reaffirm our preparedness for bolstering the entire system of our partner ties with the Arab League in the spirit of the decisions made at the Moscow and Khartoum ministerial meetings of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum," the message says.
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