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US Secretary of State confirms Washington visit of Russian Foreign Minister

December 09, 2019 | 15:05

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will welcome his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on December 10, the State Department announced.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Sochi in May 2019. Photo: AFP/Pavel Golovkin

According to AFP, the brief statement about the meeting, to be held at the State Department, said Pompeo and Lavrov would "discuss a broad range of regional and bilateral issues."

On December 6, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said the meeting was being "prepared" for December 10.

The situations in Syria and Ukraine are likely to top the agenda. The Washington meeting will come on the heels of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky over the conflict in Ukraine's east in Paris on December 9.

Iran and North Korea are also of mutual concern in Washington and Moscow.

Pompeo and Lavrov met in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

But Lavrov has not been on an official visit to the US capital since his encounter with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in May 2017, which was followed by allegations that the US leader divulged classified intelligence in the meeting./.

VNF/AFP