Top Russian, US and Saudi diplomats to meet in Qatar

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Posted: Aug 01, 2015 7:27 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister has scheduled a trilateral meeting in Qatar with his U.S. and Saudi counterparts.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Sergey Lavrov will confer with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir during his two-day trip to Doha starting Sunday. Kerry earlier has said he plans to meet separately in Doha with Lavrov to discuss Syria, Iran and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

The ministry said that during his visit to Qatar, Lavrov will discuss the crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen, international efforts to combat the Islamic State group and Iran's role in regional affairs after last month's signing of Iran's nuclear deal.

Despite Russia-U.S. tensions over Ukraine, President Barack Obama has thanked Moscow for helping reach the agreement.