Lavrov meets with his counterparts from Iran, Lebanon and Turkey about the situation in the Middle East

01/22/2024 January 22, 2024, New York, New York, USA: Russian Foreign Minister SERGEY LAVROV speaks at a Security Council meeting instigated by Russia to address defensive weapon inflow into Ukraine. POLITICS Europa Press/Contact/Bianca Otero

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, met this Monday with his counterparts from Iran, Lebanon and Turkey about the current situation of instability in the Middle East and the possible expansion of the conflict, meetings that took place outside the debate. ministerial of the UN Security Council. Both Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart, Hosein Amirabdolahian, have expressed concern about the “irresponsible” actions of the United States and other countries against the Yemeni Houthi rebels in response to their attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea. In addition, they have spoken in favor of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip accompanied by conditions that facilitate the delivery of more humanitarian aid, according to a statement from the Russian ministerial portfolio published on its Telegram channel. Regarding the meeting with the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Hakan Fidan, the ministry has reported on a conversation about possible solutions to the conflicts in the Gaza Strip, in Syria – where both countries have a military presence supporting different factions – , in the Black Sea and in Transcaucasia – due to the disputes between Armenia and Azerbaijan -, although they have not specified more details. Lavrov has conveyed Russia’s support to his Lebanese counterpart, Abdullah Bou Habib, on issues of sovereignty, unity of the country and territorial integrity in the face of recent threats of a possible Israeli military intervention against the Shiite militia party Hezbollah. Likewise, both ministers have emphasized the “inadmissibility” of an escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and have reiterated their support for a ceasefire.

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