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Russia’s Lavrov Met with a Delegation of Foreign Ministers from Arab League and OIC Countries

Some half-dozen foreign ministers from the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is on a tour visiting key capitals to organize for an immediate ceasefire and negotiated solution to the Gaza war. On Sept. 21 they were in Moscow, where they met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to TASS Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud stated at the meeting: “We can see that crimes against civilians in the Gaza Strip are piling up and innocent blood is being spilled … [and] hospitals and civilian infrastructure facilities are being destroyed. Self-defense [by Israel] cannot justify these actions.”

In his response, Lavrov struck a similar theme: “I am here to reiterate that we condemn terrorism in all its forms without exception. It is important to combat terrorism in ways that do not take the form of collective punishment and do not grossly violate international humanitarian law.”

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