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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Wants UN to Meet on Iraq

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Tuesday said Moscow wants the UN Security Council to hold a meeting on the latest developments in Iraq, which formed a 25-member national council two days ago.

"In light of the latest developments in the region, Russia believes it would be useful to hold a UN Security Council meeting to discuss Resolution 1483 and hear [a report] from the UN representative to Iraq," Ivanov said.

UN Resolution 1483 provided a mandate for nations to send forces to bring stability to Iraq after Saddam Hussein's regime was ousted in April.

"Such a meeting can help us define the steps required by the international community in order to move forward to solve the Iraqi problem," Ivanov said.

Ivanov said representatives of the new U.S.-backed Iraqi Governing Council would be invited to such a session.

Ivanov, who is on a Middle East tour, also met with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Syria's official news agency said they discussed the Middle East peace road map, postwar Iraq and bilateral relations.