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Saudi spy chief in new meeting with Putin on Syria

Published on Dec 4, 2013 6:08 PM
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right) and Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan (left) meet in Novo-Ogaryovo Putin's residence outside Moscow on Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013. Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief has held a new meeting in Russia with Mr Putin on the Syrian conflict, the second closed-door encounter this year between the Russian leader and the key regional powerbroker. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief has held a new meeting in Russia with President Vladimir Putin on the Syrian conflict, the second closed-door encounter this year between the Russian leader and the key regional powerbroker.

The Kremlin said in a statement late Tuesday that Prince Bandar bin Sultan discussed with Putin at the president's suburban Moscow residence the situation in the Middle East and preparations for a Syria peace conference planned in January.

"There was a detailed exchange of views on the situation around Syria, including in the context of preparations for the Geneva II conference," the Kremlin said, without giving further details.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had also met Prince Bandar in Moscow to discuss the Syria peace conference.

 
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