Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, met with Russian Special Envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev today, giving the two an opportunity to discuss steps to be taken for a political solution in Syria.
According to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Lavrentiev arrived in Riyadh and “conveyed the greetings of [Russian] President, Vladimir Putin, to His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, while [bin Salman] conveyed his greetings to [Putin]”.
Bin Salman and Lavrentiev primarily discussed the ongoing attempts to find a political solution for Syria, which has been undergoing over a decade of civil war and foreign military intervention. They also discussed bilateral ties between Riyadh and Moscow.
Other Saudi and Russian ministers attended the meeting with them, including Dr Musaed bin Muhammad Al-Aiban, the Saudi Minister of State and National Security Adviser, and Khalid bin Ali Al-Humaidan, the Chief of General Intelligence.
Although it has not yet been revealed what exactly was stated in the meeting, it notably took place only a day after Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, began a two-day trip to Moscow in which he brought up the situation in Syria as well as praising and emphasising “counter-terrorism” cooperation with Russia in the country.