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Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov Meets with Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.Lavrov, attending the Russia-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and the 16th ASEAN Regional Forum session (Phuket, Thailand), held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka R.Bogollagama, on July 23.

The head of the Russian MFA welcomed completion of the armed conflict that lasted for more than a quarter of a century and expressed hope that the end of hostilities would open the way for establishing lasting peace, security and stability based on intercommunal consent and respect for the rights of all the ethnic and religious groups inhabiting the island. In his turnon behalf of Sri Lankan leadership R.Bogollagama expressed gratitude to the Russian Federation for such a stand.

The Ministers discussed prospects for further strengthening of bilateral cooperation and confirmed their mutual interest in continuing interaction in combating terrorism and extremism, via regional and international agencies.

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