Rosenthal meets Russian counterpart Lavrov

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has paid a visit to Sergei Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Besides bilateral relations, they discussed international issues such as the Middle East peace process and developments in the Arab world.

Before meeting with Mr Lavrov, Mr Rosenthal visited the human rights organisation Memorial, where he also talked to Transparency International, the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights and Novaya Gazeta.

The subject of human rights came up several times during the talks with Mr Lavrov. Mr Rosenthal emphasised that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the benchmark to be used.

Mr Rosenthal also met representatives of Dutch businesses and made a speech at the Moscow Higher School of Economics.