Russian foreign minister arrives in Damascus for rare visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Damascus on Monday for his first visit in around eight years, state television said.Lavrov joins Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov, who arrived on Sunday in Damascus.Heading a large delegation, the two will conduct political, economic and military talks with high-ranking Syrian officials, the television broadcast added.Lavrov and his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Moallem, are expected to stage a press conference at 4 pm (1300 GMT).This is Lavrov’s first visit to the Syrian capital since 2012, Syrian television reported.Moscow has been a…

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