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Russian foreign minister to meet UN chief

August 7, 2013

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday with the conflict in Syria and efforts to convene a peace conference in Geneva to try to reach a negotiated solution expected to be high on the agenda.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Wednesday that Ban and Lavrov will hold a working dinner “on the main topics of the day and Syria is plainly one of them.”

The Syrian crisis is also likely to highlight Lavrov’s meeting in Washington Friday with Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, along with Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled a Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month, mainly over the Snowden affair.

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