Yesterday in Saudi Arabia, President Putin, according to Arab News, "discussed steps to establish a peace process in war-torn Syria." The deputy crown prince voiced Saudi Arabia's interest in realizing the peaceful aspirations of the Syrian people, and he reiterated Saudi support to solve the Syrian crisis in accordance with the resolutions of the Geneva 1 conference of June 2012 – an effort led by the UN and Kofi Annan that went nowhere.
Russia's Foreign Foreign Minister Lavrov spoke of both countries willing to cooperate in Syria and wanting to prevent the formation of a "terrorist caliphate". Lavrov acknowledged that Saudi Arabia had "concerns" about Russia's aims, but he said that Russia was targeting only extremists, including Daesh and Jabhat Al-Nusra, a group linked to Al-Qaeda. The Saudi foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, said that the Saudi kingdom would increase cooperation with Russia to fight "terrorism." He added that it wants to see a transitional government in Syria that would eventually lead to the end of the Bashar Assad regime.
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