Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Saudi counterpart Adel Jabier have agreed on the need to minimise civilian casualties in any military operation against the last Syrian rebel stronghold in Idlib.
Lavrov said “terrorists” might attempt to use civilians as human shields. The two men also discussed the need for Syrian refugees to return to their homes, and called on the UN to be more effective in ensuring conditions to make this possible.
Their talks ranged over a number of issues related to the Middle East: Yemen, Libya, the Arabian Gulf, Israel and the Palestinians, and the future of strategic joint efforts between Russia and the GCC. Lavrov also confirmed that details of a visit by President Putin to Saudi Arabia - following an invitation from King Salman during his visit to Moscow last October - would be coordinated through diplomatic channels.