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Russian, Egyptian foreign ministers discuss Middle East, bilateral cooperation

July 14, 2016, 17:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The two countries’ foreign ministers maintain regular contacts

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MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. Russian and Egyptian Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Sameh Shoukry have discussed the situation in the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian settlement, and the development of bilateral cooperation between Moscow and Cairo during a telephone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday.

The conversation was initiated by the Egyptian side. "(They) exchanged views on some pressing issues of regional agenda, including the current state of affairs in the Israeli-Palestinian settlement," the ministry said. "The two ministers reaffirmed their readiness to continue close cooperation for the benefit of overcoming the acute crises in the Middle East and North Africa and promoting peace and security in the region."

"They also discussed some practical tasks related to further development of the Russian-Egyptian cooperation," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

The two countries’ foreign ministers maintain regular contacts. The previous telephone conversation between Lavrov and Shoukry took place on June 7, with the two ministers focusing on the situation in Syria and the need to resume talks between Palestinians and Israelis.

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