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Russia supports strong, independent Egypt - FM

December 16, 2011, 14:01 UTC+3

The Egyptian foreign minister will have broad negotiations with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow

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MOSCOW, December 16 (Itar-Tass) —— Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr will visit Moscow on December 20-22, spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich told a press briefing on Friday.

The Egyptian foreign minister will have broad negotiations with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

“Russia values relations of traditional friendship and all-round cooperation with Egypt,” Lukashevich said. “These relations are becoming particularly important today, when complicated and profound transformation processes are going on in Egypt that should take into account the moods and expectations of all Egyptian citizens,” the diplomat said. “Moscow assumes that a new democratic Egypt, which passes through a quite difficult period in its history, should be an important factor of stability in the Middle East and the Arab Islamic world in general,” Lukashevich pointed out.

“Efficient cooperation in world and Middle Eastern affairs on the basis of common approaches to major modern problems are taken by the sides as an important component in Russian-Egyptian diversified relations. The current round of political dialogue on the top level, which is traditionally characterized by confidentiality and frankness, is becoming particularly important amid growing tensions and stronger threats to peace and stability in the Middle East,” the spokesman said.

“The agenda of the consultations between Lavrov and Amr embraces almost all most important regional and international issues,” Lukashevich said. “The dramatic and sweeping nature of political and social events in the region is dictated by the need for a closer coordination of approaches and practical steps between our countries, which are interested in maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East and turning the region in the zone of sustainable development.”

“The top priority on the agenda of the negotiations will become the situation in the Middle East settlement,” the diplomat informed. “The processes of renovation in the countries of the region should not overshadow the prospects in the settlement of pressing problems in the Middle East, the most vital problem of which is the attainment of a just and all-embracing settlement in the Arab-Israeli conflict,” Lukashevich said.

“The ministers will discuss such pressing problems as the situation in Libya, Syria and Yemen. They will discuss Iran’s role in the Middle East and the situation over the Iranian nuclear dossier, which affects the situation in the region in general,” Lukashevich remarked.

“The consultations will also centre on the scope of issues for further development and build-up of bilateral cooperation,” he informed. “The bilateral trade in commodities and services despite the world financial and economic crisis and a high political volatility in the Middle East is being kept at the high level. This year Russia resumed grain supplies to Egypt, and the inflow of Russian tourists to Egyptian sea resorts remains substantial,” he indicated.

The foreign ministers of the countries are to sign a plan of foreign political consultations for 2012.


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