2017-12-08 10:21:00

OSCE should take principled stance on discrimination against Christians in Middle East, effectively defend their rights - Lavrov

Vienna, December 8, Interfax - Moscow believes that the OSCE should take a principled stance on the issue of discrimination against Christians in the Middle East and supports the idea of introducing a post of special representative of the incumbent OSCE representative on migration and Mediterranean affairs, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"We believe that the OSCE should take a principled position on discrimination against Christians in the Middle East, and defend their rights more actively," Lavrov said in his speech at a Hungarian-Russian event held on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council on security of Christians, primarily in the Middle East.

"There is a demand for productive dialogue between the OSCE and its Mediterranean partners: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia," he said. "Like I said, we support the plans of the Italian chairmanship to introduce a post of special representative of the current OSCE representative on migration and Mediterranean affairs," the minister said.