Moscow - Sputnik. Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel with a photo she posted, "Negotiations begin between Sergey Lavrov and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.In a related context, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Malian counterpart Abdallah Diop discussed strengthening relations between the two countries and the situation in Niger."The two foreign ministers discussed immediate issues related to the further strengthening of traditional friendly relations between Russia and Mali, and exchanged views on the situation in the Sahara and Sahel region, including in the Republic of Niger," a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said. During the meeting, held on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Russian minister stressed Moscow's quest "to continue efforts to support stability in Mali, including on the United Nations platform."