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Russia welcomes results of AL summit


09:02, March 31, 2012

MOSCOW, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Friday hailed the results of the Arab League (AL) summit in Iraq, calling the meeting's agenda "important and appropriate."

"We consider it important and appropriate that the meeting's main agenda was about issues of uniting efforts of the Arabs, in order to alleviate tensions and prevent violence and bloodshed in the Middle East and North Africa," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"It is indicative that the common ground of the discussion was a call for peaceful solutions to conflicts and disputes based on a nation-wide dialogue with unconditional abidance by the international laws and with no foreign involvement," the ministry noted.

Meanwhile, it welcomed the AL's support to UN-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan, Palestine's membership in the United Nations and an intra-Palestinian reconciliation.

Documents adopted at the summit confirmed the AL's desire to play an active role in seeking political and diplomatic solutions to acute international and regional problems, the ministry said.

"Moscow hails this attitude and reaffirms its interest in building up collaboration with the AL in the interests of lasting peace and security," it added.

The Arab leaders wrapped up the AL summit on Thursday after approving a final statement, which called on Syria's government to immediately stop violence, withdraw forces and start talks with the opposition based on Annan's six-point peace plan.


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