Chinese, Russia discuss Syria crisis

Beijing, Sep 18 (IANS) China and Russia have held talks over prevailing situation in Syria as the foreign ministers of the countries held discussion over phone.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had a comprehensive and in-depth exchange of views on the Syria crisis via phone Tuesday, reported Xinhua citing the Chinese foreign ministry.

Wang said China welcomes the Russia-US deal on Syria, hoping that the accord could be implemented as soon as possible.

The Chinese side maintains that a military approach cannot solve the conflict, Wang said, adding that China will continue to contribute to facilitating a political solution to the crisis and make due efforts.

Lavrov appreciated China's stand. Both sides agreed to keep close contacts and coordination on the issue.

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