Pedersen praised Russia’s role in resolving the situation in Syria

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen praised Russia’s role in resolving the situation in Syria.

“As far as I see, we have common challenges in Syria. I am pleased to cooperate with the Russian government. I think your team has done a lot and without Russia it would have been impossible to come to an agreement”, – Pedersen said at a meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow.

“In the negotiation process with Russian assistance, as well as within the Astana format with other states, I believe that Russia is our main partner,” said the special envoy.
He also expressed hope for assistance in the future.

“You mentioned the issue of terrorism, we fully agree, we share your concern not only about Idlib and ‘al-Nusra’, but also about the remains of the ISIS, which is still active”, – addressed Russian Minister Pedersen.
In his opinion, in order to solve this issue definitively, stability in Syria is necessary.
“In order to achieve stability, we need a political process that could begin to eradicate the problems that exist in society. I think this is what we should discuss together to achieve stability in Syria”, –  the special envoy said.


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