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Russia respects GCC's efforts to acquire nuclear energy: Lavrov

posted on 16/02/2007: 635 views

Russia respects efforts by Arab Gulf countries to acquire nuclear energy capability and has confidence that they will put those programmes under supervision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and that they will be in line with the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday.

Lavrov who is on a current visit to the UAE made his remarks at a meeting yesterday with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday at Emirates Palace in the capital city of Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Abdullah briefed Lavrov on the forthcoming visit by Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council to Vienna to discuss cooperation of the regional organization with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In addition to reviewing the UAE-Russia bilateral relations and ways to further boost them, Sheikh Abdullah and Lavrov discussed the latest development in the Middle East, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Iraq as well as the Iranian nuclear issue. Lavrov briefed his UAE counterpart on the latest Russia's recent efforts in the Middle East based on its support for a just and peaceful solution to the current issues.

Lavrov stressed the UAE and Russia agree that it is necessary to reach solutions to issues in the Middle East through dialogue as well as to sparing no effort to help the two Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to implement the recently reached Makkah Accord.

Sheikh Abdullah stressed that the UAE supports the approach of the Quartet which will be holding its next meeting in Berlin.

The meeting also took in preparations for the forthcoming meetings of the UAE-Russia joint committee to be held next April or May in Moscow.

The Russian foreign minister expressed satisfaction at level of the Russia-UAE trade adding trade volume between the two countries is expected to soon reach 1 billion US dollars. He added that an agreement has been reached with the UAE to increase investments between Russia and UAE. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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