Austria's Kneissl Thanks Lavrov For Supporting Vienna's Mine Clearance Initiative In Syria

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Austria's Kneissl Thanks Lavrov for Supporting Vienna's Mine Clearance Initiative in Syria

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th March, 2019) Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl expressed gratitude on Tuesday to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for supporting Vienna's initiative on humanitarian mine clearance in Syria, which is aimed at helping create conditions for the return of refugees and displaced people.

Last November, Kneissl announced that Austria and Slovenia launched a joint mine clearance initiative in the Arab country. In December 2018, the foreign minister said that the Austrian government would provide 2 million Euros (around $2.2 million) for demining efforts in northeastern Syria.

"I would like, on behalf of my entire delegation, to sincerely thank minister Lavrov for support, for a very interesting exchange of views, regarding our initiative on mine clearance in Syria.

We have discussed it and we will continue talks on this issue from a technical perspective in the future. It is important for us that humanitarian mine clearance contribute to the return of refugees," Kneissl told a press conference after talks with Lavrov.

Meanwhile, the Russian military too has been helping Syrian engineering units to clear the country's territory of landmines and other explosive devices that remain a part of legacy left by the fierce confrontation between government forces and rebels during the civil war.

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