Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during Russian-Egyptian talks in the two-plus-two format, Moscow, May 14, 2018
We are glad to welcome you in Moscow again at the regular meeting in the two-plus-two format.
For our relations with Arab countries, the two-plus-two format between Russia and Egypt is unique and, in my opinion, attests to the special character of Russia-Egypt relations. We believe that it is hard to overestimate our strategic partnership, and all the more so amidst the processes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa. We think it plays a stabilising role. We appreciate it very much and are interested in boosting cooperation. At a time when new tension hotspots are appearing on top of existing ones in the region, it is more important than ever that we meet like this. We expect to have a productive dialogue today, and we will report its results to our presidents.