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Senior Russian officials meet bin Salman to discuss Syria

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A Russian soldier stands guard at the Abu Duhur crossing on the eastern edge of Idlib province on September 25, 2018, as Syrians cross from militant-held areas to government-held areas. (By AFP)

A high-level Russian delegation has traveled to Saudi Arabia and met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the crisis in Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the delegation, including senior foreign and defense ministries officials, had been in Saudi Arabia on October 14 and 15.

The Russian team also held talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir.

“There was a detailed exchange of views on the situation in the region of the Middle East and North Africa with an emphasis on the development of events in Syria,” the ministry said.

“A common understanding was expressed of the need to finally eliminate the hotbeds of terrorism in this country, the importance of speeding up a reliable and long-term political settlement of the Syrian crisis,” it said.

Russia, along with Iran, has been helping the Syrian government its efforts to liberate the country of the terror groups.

The foreign-backed militancy in Syria seems to be nearing an end as Syria and its allies are preparing to liberate Idlib Province, the last terrorist bastion in the country.

Damascus and its allies are now involved in diplomatic efforts with Turkey to retake the city from militants without any military operations.

Many of the terrorists in Syria are either supported by Riyadh or inspired by Wahhabism, a Takfiri ideology dominating Saudi Arabia and freely preached by its clerics.

Moscow’s talks in the kingdom come as Riyadh is grappling with a diplomatic crisis surrounding the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

However, the Russian Foreign Ministry made no reference to talks on the matter.

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