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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Takes Helm at UN Security Council

Russia took over as United Nations Security Council president forthe month ofMarch onFriday, andthe top priority during its term will be resolving thesituation inAfghanistan, theForeign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is set tochair aSecurity Council meeting onMarch 19 atwhich aresolution toextend themandate ofthe UN Assistance Mission inAfghanistan will be adopted.

The ministry stressed in a statement that Afghanistan is ata critical stage inits development, requiring renewed efforts bythe Afghan people and"consolidated support fromthe international community."

(MT)