(MENAFN- Khaama Press) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is set to host a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday to address the ongoing situation in Gaza. This gathering will bring foreign ministers from member countries of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The report from the RIA news agency, citing a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson, confirmed the meeting's occurrence but did not provide specific details regarding the participating countries or additional information.
Historically, Russia had maintained close relations with Israel. However, since the outbreak of conflict in the Gaza region, Russia has adopted a more measured pro-Palestinian stance. This includes criticizing Israel for civilian casualties and reaffirming its longstanding support for a Palestinian state.
On the same day, Arab and Muslim ministers jointly called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. They made this plea during their visit to Beijing, which marks the first leg of a diplomatic tour aimed at ending hostilities and facilitating humanitarian aid to the war-torn Palestinian territory.
In addition to seeking a ceasefire, the delegation plans to meet with officials representing each of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. Their objective is to exert pressure on the Western states to reject Israel's justification for its actions against Palestinians as self-defence.
The delegation includes officials from several countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia, the Palestinian authorities, and members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The situation in Gaza has drawn the attention and concern of Arab and Muslim nations, prompting collaborative efforts to address the ongoing crisis.
Russia's decision to host this meeting in Moscow underscores its role as a diplomatic player in the Middle East and its willingness to engage with stakeholders from various regional organizations.
The outcome of this diplomatic initiative remains uncertain. Still, it reflects the international community's ongoing efforts to find a resolution to the conflict in Gaza and alleviate the suffering of its inhabitants.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will host a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Gaza with foreign ministers from members of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the RIA news agency reported on Monday.
The RIA report, citing a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, did not specify which countries would attend the meeting in Moscow. No further details were immediately available.
Russia, which previously enjoyed close relations with Israel, has struck a cautiously pro-Palestinian position since the outbreak of war around Gaza, rebuking Israel for civilian casualties and restating its long-standing support for a Palestinian state.
Arab and Muslim ministers called on Monday for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as their delegation visited Beijing on the first leg of a tour to push for an end to hostilities and to allow humanitarian aid into the devastated Palestinian enclave.
The delegation, which is set to meet officials representing each of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, is also piling pressure on the West to reject Israel's justification of its actions against Palestinians as self-defence.
The officials holding meetings with China's top diplomat Wang Yi on Monday are from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia, Palestinian authorities and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, among others.
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