Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has participated in the first session meeting of the Arab – Russian Cooperation Forum in Moscow.
The session was chaired by the Russian Federation Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov. Present at the meeting were Hoshyar Zebari, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs as Iraq is current President of the Arab Summit, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, Adnan Mansour whose country heads the Arab Ministerial Council, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Russia, Nasser Al Mizian, as Kuwait was the last president of the Ministerial Council, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Mohamed Kamel Amr, as Egypt will be the next President of the Ministerial Council, and Nabil Al Araby the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States.
The Arab Ministers and the Secretariat General of the AL stressed the unified Arab position towards the essential issues like the Palestinian cause, the Syrian crisis, and the issue of turning the Middle East into a zone free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction. They also discussed a plan of action to implement the principles and objectives of the Arab – Russian Cooperation Forum in the political, economic, cultural, social, educational, scientific, and media fields for the period 2013 to 2015.