Syrian government, opposition must work to expel "terrorists": Russia

MOSCOW Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:56am EDT

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) - Russia Ministerial Meeting at the 46th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan July 1, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Ahim Rani

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) - Russia Ministerial Meeting at the 46th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan July 1, 2013 file photo.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued a new call on Monday for the Syrian government and opposition to work together to expel all "terrorists and extremists from Syria", Russian news agencies reported.

At the start of talks with Syrian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Qadri Jamil, Lavrov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency that last month's agreement in Northern Ireland for the two sides to work together to expel the "terrorists and extremists" should "become one of the main points of the proposed international (peace) conference".

"To our regret, unlike the government of Syria, a significant part of the opposition, including the National Council, has not expressed such readiness yet."

(reporting by Alexei Anishchuk, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Megan Davies)

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