Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the Syrian issue in a phone conversation on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry has reported.
Lavrov and Kerry "continued discussing the Syrian issue, confirming their support of the efforts taken by UN Secretary General's special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to organize negotiations between Syrian government officials and opposition in Geneva next week to achieve political settlement," a report posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website says.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, "special attention will be given to the formation of a really representative opposition delegation and ensuring the compliance of the negotiation agenda with the requirements of the UN Security Council's Resolution, including the fight against ISIL and other terrorist groups, and also respect for the right of the people of Syria to determine the future of heir country."
Lavrov and Kerry also "said that it is expedient to continue using the format of the International Syria Support Group chaired by Russia, the U.S. and the UN for effective external support of the inter-Syrian political process," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The phone conversation between Lavrov and Kerry took place on the U.S. initiative.
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