Russia thanked for "significant role" in recent progress on Syria

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) during the inauguration of the renovated Russian Room at the Palais des Nations with Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (left). UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
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Russia's diplomatic contributions aimed at bringing an end to the Syrian crisis have been praised by the UN Secretary-General.

This follows a meeting between Ban Ki-moon and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Tuesday.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Ban thanked Mr Lavrov for his "significant role" in achieving recent progress on Syria, according to information provided by his office.

The UN chief and the Russian Foreign Minister agreed on the importance of urgently moving forward simultaneously on key issues related to Syria, such as the cessation of hostilities agreement which began this past Saturday.

Providing humanitarian assistance to civilians and returning to political negotiations were also on the agenda.

Mr Ban and Mr Lavrov discussed other global concerns, including the need to end the fighting in Yemen.

They also exchanged views on Ukraine, where government forces and separatist rebels have been fighting for nearly two years.

They underlined the need for further progress on implementing a 2015 peace accord known as the Minsk Agreement.

The Secretary-General also thanked Mr Lavrov for what he described as Russia's "constructive and important role" in relation to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Korean peninsula.

Mr Ban has left Geneva for Spain where he will hold meetings with the country's leaders.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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