Russian envoy visits Saudi Arabia for Syria, Gulf talks

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017|6:10 a.m.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia– The Saudi king and Russia’s foreign minister fulfilled in Saudi Arabia on Sunday ahead of a possible go to by the monarch to Russia next month.

King Salman greeted Sergey Lavrov at his summer season palace in the Red Sea city of Jiddah before the Russian envoy’s conference with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The king’s 32-year-old child and beneficiary to the throne, who manages Saudi energy and defense policy, checked out Russia in Might to boost ties between the world’s two top oil manufacturers.

Saudi Arabia’s state news agency said the queen and Lavrov talked about the wars in Syria and Yemen, along with an Arab diplomatic crisis with Qatar.

Russia and Saudi Arabia back warring sides in Syria’s dispute, with the kingdom supporting Sunni rebel groups battling the Syrian government, which is backed by Moscow and Shiite-ruled Iran. In a quick press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Jiddah, Lavrov said Russia supports Saudi Arabia’s efforts to unify the Syrian opposition into one group.

Lavrov is arranged to go to Jordan next. Last month, the Arab diplomatic crisis with Qatar drew Lavrov to the region, where he met leaders in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and Qatar’s judgment emir spoke for the very first time since a diplomatic crisis appeared in June, however the call just resulted in more public squabbling. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar over its ties with Islamist groups and relations with Iran. The four likewise implicate Qatar of supporting extremist groups.

On the other hand, Qatar has actually transferred to secure even closer ties with Russia through a $3 billion financial investment to obtain a stake in Russia’s Rosneft oil business.

As the world’s biggest oil producers, Saudi Arabia and Russia have actually worked carefully to curb oil production in an effort to fortify rates, nevertheless the 2 are also in strong competition for a larger share in China’s growing market.

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