Lavrov: Israel’s Security Is Matter of Principle in Two-State Solution

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Reuters)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Reuters)
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Lavrov: Israel’s Security Is Matter of Principle in Two-State Solution

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Reuters)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Reuters)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that comprehensive solutions to the problems of the region must take into account the security interests of Israel as a matter of principle.

In an article for Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth daily dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the Renewal of Diplomatic Relations Between Russia and Israel, Lavrov said: “We are interested in continuing consultations with our Israeli partners on security and stability issues in the Middle East.”

He recalled that the USSR was the first country to recognize the state of Israel back in May 1948.

The Russian FM said: “We always draw attention to the fact that comprehensive solutions to the problems of the region must necessarily take into account the security interests of Israel.”

At the same time, Moscow is convinced that there is no alternative to the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a generally recognized international legal basis, he stressed.

The FM also noted that Russian-Israeli mutually beneficial cooperation has stood the test of time and continues to actively develop in all directions.

He wrote that over the past decades, a solid experience of diversified cooperation has been accumulated in such spheres as economics, science and technology, healthcare and education.



US Invites Sudan's Warring Parties for Talks

FILE PHOTO: A view of a street in the city of Omdurman damaged in the year-long civil war in Sudan, April 7, 2024. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A view of a street in the city of Omdurman damaged in the year-long civil war in Sudan, April 7, 2024. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig/File Photo
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US Invites Sudan's Warring Parties for Talks

FILE PHOTO: A view of a street in the city of Omdurman damaged in the year-long civil war in Sudan, April 7, 2024. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A view of a street in the city of Omdurman damaged in the year-long civil war in Sudan, April 7, 2024. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig/File Photo

Washington has invited the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces for US-mediated ceasefire talks starting on Aug. 14 in Switzerland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday.

RSF leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo said early on Wednesday they will constructively participate in the talks to achieve "a comprehensive ceasefire across the country and facilitate humanitarian access to all those in need."
"We reaffirm our firm stance ... which is the insistence on saving lives, stopping the fighting, and paving the way for a peaceful, negotiated political solution that restores the country to civilian rule and the path of democratic transition," Dagalo said in a statement.

The talks will include the African Union, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations as observers, Blinken said in a statement. Saudi Arabia will be a co-host for the discussions, he added.

"The scale of death, suffering, and destruction in Sudan is devastating. This senseless conflict must end," Blinken said, calling on the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the RSF to attend the talks and approach them constructively.

The war in Sudan, which erupted in April 2023, has forced almost 10 million people from their homes, sparked warnings of famine and waves of ethnically-driven violence.