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Russia, Egypt call for efforts to further mass destruction weapon-free zone in Mideast

February 13, 2014, 18:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia and Egypt have called for promoting efforts to turn the Middle East into a mass destruction weapon-free zone, according to a joint statement after a two-plus-two meeting of defence and foreign affairs ministers on Thursday.

Taking part in the meeting were foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov and Nabil Fahmy and defence ministers Sergei Shoigu and Abdelfattah Said al-Sisi.

“The ministers stressed the need for making further efforts to turn the Middle East into a zone free of weapons of mass destruction and means of their delivery following an initiative put forward by Egypt in April 1990 and in compliance with the mandate finalized at the 2010 Review Conference for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,” the statement read. “They confirmed importance of convening a conference initially scheduled for 2012 to implement these goals.”

The foreign ministers also “discussed the problem of water use in the Nile basin and stressed importance of interaction among all countries of the Nile basis to implement the development goals with respect for the international law regulating the use of river resources by all countries,” the statement read.

“The ministers agreed that Russia and Egypt would closely cooperate to achieve these goals and coordinate their efforts in the bilateral format and within the framework of strategic dialogue between Russia and the League of Arab States,” the statement added.

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