Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince meets Russian special envoy for Syrian settlement: SPA

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince met with Russia’s special envoy for the Syrian settlement Alexander Lavrentyev, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

The two discussed the latest developments in Syria and Russia-Saudi ties, SPA added.

The Kingdom has maintained a "clear" stance on the Syrian crisis. It believes a political solution is the only solution.

Saudi Arabia has contributed to the efforts of achieving a solution by hosting the two Riyadh conferences, according to the Kingdom’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, which led to the establishment of the Syrian Negotiation Authority.

Saudi Arabia has hosted “hundreds of thousands” of Syrians over the years, according to the foreign minister. They were “treated the same treatment as Saudi citizens in terms of employment and medical services,” SPA quoted Prince Faisal as saying last year.

He also said that more than 100,000 Syrian students attend the Kingdom's schools and universities.

In addition to helping those in the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia’s efforts included programs to support millions of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, according to Prince Faisal. He said that Saudi Arabia has provided humanitarian aid amounting to over $1 billion and will continue those efforts.

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