Tillerson meets Russia's Lavrov ahead of United Nations assembly

The pair discussed cooperation on the Syrian crisis Middle East issues and the agreement to bring peace to Ukraine a spokesperson for Lavrov said following the talks held at the Russian mission. After the meeting Tillerson left without commenting to

Moscow plans to help Somalia in its efforts against extremism and terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday at a meeting with Somalia's Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin will not attend the UN General Assembly this week, but his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump will make his much anticipated first address to the world body on Tuesday.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in NY on Sunday ahead of the UN General Assembly, officials said.

"When [Trump] said that he respects sovereignty and equality in worldwide relations and that the United States want to lead by example and not otherwise, and that the USA would not impose it's way of life on others and would accept the plurality of the nations cultures and civilizations, I think it's a very welcome statement that we haven't heard from an American leader in a long time", he said.

But he believes a better relationship is on the horizon.

"I think it's a very welcome statement, which we haven't heard from an American leader for a very long time", Lavrov said. Lavrov said that due to "the spiral of unfriendly steps started by the Obama administration", relations between the two countries reached "a very hard and a very low point". Since 2013, Al-Shabaab pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda, attracting the United States to execute raids and airstrikes against the group.

Trump, who once criticised the UN as a "club" for 'people to get together, talk and have a good time, ' will lay out his views on how to improve the United Nations a day before he makes his first address to the General Assembly.

"We don't doubt that the United States has capacity to do something very destructive", Lavrov said.

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