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Sergei Lavrov said it is necessary to work out a political platform of Iraq’s contribution
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it is necessary to work out a political platform of Iraq’s contribution when the U.N. Security Council resolution expires. Speaking at the Brussels International Conference on Iraq on Wednesday, Lavrov said, “It is necessary to think of a political platform of Iraq’s contribution when U.N. Security Council resolution 1546 expires.” “Russia calls for gathering in Sharm El Sheikh as it was agreed last November in order to continue discussions on Iraq’s priorities. It would be expedient to meet in the autumn, approximately in a year after our first meeting in Egypt,” the Russian minister stressed. In his words, “Russia’s proposal remains in force – to work out a collective mechanism of Iraq settlement that will allow us to coordinate our efforts more effectively.” Lavrov said Russia “is ready to make its contribution to strengthening the political process in Iraq, ensuring security in the country and restoring the economy.” The Russian minister said Moscow “may take part in international efforts to prepare a new democratic constitution of Iraq under the U.N. auspices.” “Our contribution in restoring a friendly Iraq will increase as necessary conditions are created,” he added. “Russia made real steps in the economic aspect – it wrote off practically all Iraq’s debt to the former Soviet Union that amounts to eight billion U.S. dollars,” Lavrov said. “As of today this is maximum debt relief as compared to other foreign creditors,” the minister noted. He said, “Dozens of Iraqi students study in Russia and their number increases.” “Despite all difficulties, about 100 Russian specialists from private companies are now working in Iraq, primarily in the energy sector,” Lavrov added
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