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April 26 at Paris Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Middle East and African Countries, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation M.L.Bogdanov met with the Director General for Political and Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs France F. Herreroy, and also held consultations with the Director of the Department of North Africa and the Middle East of the French Foreign Ministry K. Farno. A thorough exchange of views took place on the state of affairs and development prospects the situation in the Middle East… At the same time, special attention was paid to the situation in Syria, Libya, Lebanonas well as in palestinoIsraeli settlement.

April 27 M.L.Bogdanov met with Adviser to the President of France for North Africa and the Middle East P. Durel. On the same day, in accordance with the list of RussianFrench working groups, approved by the heads of the two states, M.L.Bogdanov and Director of the Department of Africa and Indian Ocean of the French Foreign Ministry K. Bigot held the first meeting of the bilateral working group on Africa, during which a wide range of African issues were discussed in detail.

As a result of the meetings and conversations, the special role and responsibility of Russia and France as permanent members UN Security Council in the settlement of regional crises. The importance of the Russian initiative to hold a summit of the heads of state of the five permanent members was emphasized UN Security Council… The high level of the Russian-French dialogue in the Middle East and Africa was noted and it was agreed to continue contacts and constructive interaction between Moscow and Paris on topical issues of the regional agenda.

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