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Russia urges Syrian govt to pursue dialogue with opponents

Dec. 28, 2012 6:40 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 6:40 P.M.)
MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the Syrian government on Friday to act on its stated readiness for dialogue with opponents, amid a diplomatic push to end a 21-month-old conflict in Syria.

"We actively encouraged... the Syrian leadership to make as concrete as possible its declared readiness for dialogue with the opposition," Lavrov told reporters after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr in Moscow.

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