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Russia’s Lavrov talks Middle East with Iran, Turkey, Lebanon
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his counterparts from Iran, Turkey and Lebanon ahead of the United Nations Security Council meeting on Tuesday due to discuss the Middle East, the Russian foreign ministry said.
The bilateral meetings focused on the Gaza Strip, Syria and “the tense situation” in the Red Sea, the ministry said on the Telegram messaging app on Tuesday. The meetings took place in New York on Monday.
The ministry said Lavrov and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian agreed on the need for a swift ceasefire in Gaza and conditions for providing humanitarian assistance to civilians.
“General concern was expressed about the tense situation in the Red Sea, which has sharply degraded,” it said.
Blinken, Greek PM discussed Red Sea shipping crisis: US State Department
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke on Monday about the importance of protecting navigational rights and freedoms in the Red Sea, the State Department said.
US and British forces have launched strikes across Yemen against Houthi forces in recent weeks in response to months of Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping that the Iran-backed fighters cast as a response to the war in Gaza.