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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walk prior to their talks in the garden of the Foreign Ministry mansion in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday argued the U.S. case to Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russia to take a tougher stance on Syria at a time when Israel's weekend air strikes against the beleaguered Mideast nation have added an unpredictable factor to the talks. (AP Photo/Mladen Antonov, Pool)
NEW YORK: What do the presidents of Egypt and Iran, two countries across the Sunni-Shiite chasm in the Middle East, have in common? A lot, it turns out, including preoccupation with their internal stability and hunger for economic growth.