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Russia says to continue efforts to solve Syrian crisis amid int'l community pressures

(Xinhua)

08:08, February 08, 2012

DAMASCUS, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed Tuesday his country's keenness to continue efforts to solve the Syrian crisis with the Syrian leadership, as the international community ramped up pressures on Syria by withdrawing diplomat missions.

After a three-hour meeting with Assad, Lavrov said the meeting was "important," in which he voiced his country's readiness to help Syria to get out of the current unrest in accordance with the Arab League (AL) initiative, according to official SANA news agency.

Lavrov said that Syria needs peace and that a national reconciliation should be achieved away from foreign interference.

Russia's top diplomat said that Assad has stressed commitment to bring the simmering violence in the country to a close " whatever its source might be."

He said that Assad also showed keenness to work with Arab observers "to be deployed in all demanded spots in order to be sure of the violations and breaches."

He added that he had told AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi in a phone call on Monday that Russia believes that it is necessary to preserve and expand the AL observer mission.

Lavrov also underscored the importance of launching a national dialogue combining the government and the opposition with the assistance of the AL.

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