Astana hosts the meeting of Sergey Lavrov and foreign Minister of Iran

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The Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov holds a meeting with Iranian foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Astana, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

According to him, Lavrov arrived at the Convention center, where the SCO summit, and immediately went to the room where it was met by the Iranian delegation.

Earlier, a source in the delegation of the Iranian foreign Minister told RIA Novosti that in Astana on Friday may take the meeting of Lavrov and Zarif.

Meeting of Russian and Iranian Ministers comes amid a serious worsening of the situation in the Persian Gulf region. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt June 5, announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilize the situation in the middle East. Power Eastern Libya, Yemen and the Maldives, Mauritania, Comoros subsequently also announced the severance of relations with Qatar. To reduce the level of diplomatic relations with Doha said in Djibouti. Senegal recalled its Ambassador in Qatar.

The conflict between Qatar and its neighbors in the region occurred a week after the summit, the Gulf countries and the United States in Riyadh, when the Qatari news Agency has posted a speech on behalf of the Emir of the country in support of building relations with Iran. Later the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Qatar, said that the Agency website was hacked and a speech on behalf of the Emir were published by the hackers and has nothing to do with the Qatari leader. However, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain considered this rebuttal unconvincing, and continue to insist that the words on the normalization of relations with Iran really belongs to the Emir. The UAE Minister of state for foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash called on Qatar to change its policy and not to repeat past mistakes, to restore relations with neighbors.

As expected, this week, Lavrov will discuss this issue with the foreign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman bin Jassem al-Thani, who on Friday arrives in Moscow. A source in the Russian foreign Ministry said earlier RIA Novosti that the talks between the two Ministers is scheduled for Saturday.

According to adviser to the Director of the Russian Institute of strategic studies Elena Suponina, Russia could become one of the mediators in the conflict between Qatar and other Arab countries. The expert said that Moscow should not act in this capacity alone, «however, to participate in the collective effort to, if not to reconcile the warring parties, then at least to ease tensions, Russia could».

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