Russia hopes for progress on Syria at Arab meeting

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he hopes a meeting with Arab counterparts this week can bring the world closer to agreement on how to help end the bloodshed in Syria, but gave no sign Moscow would stop protecting President Bashar Assad.
Speaking at a joint news conference after talks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Lavrov said he would join Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Saturday, an indication Moscow wants a strong hand in Syria diplomacy.
"I think our meeting could produce very interesting groundwork that we would promote in a broader international format," Lavrov said.
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