Press release on Russian-Egyptian talks in the two-plus-two format
On May 14, Moscow hosted Russian-Egyptian talks in the two-plus-two format between Acting Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov, Acting Defence Minister of Russia Sergey Shoigu, Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shoukry and Defence Minister of Egypt Sedki Sobhy. On the same day, the foreign and defence ministers also held separate meetings.
The talks were held in a constructive and trust-based atmosphere, which is evidence of the special nature of Russian-Egyptian relations, which have advanced to the level of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation. The parties confirmed the mutual resolve of Russia and Egypt to strengthen their military-political coordination and to continue to build up their multifaceted interaction based on equality and mutual respect for their national interests.
The ministers held in-depth discussions on a wide range of international and regional issues, primarily the developments in the Middle East and North Africa. They focused on the consolidation of efforts to overcome regional crises, including in Syria, Libya and Yemen, as well as to effectively repel the global threat of terrorism and radicalism. They confirmed their countries’ commitment to a peaceful settlement of the existing conflicts based on a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue without any foreign interference.
The ministers also discussed the key areas of long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia and Egypt, primarily the practical aspects of the strengthening of their trade, economic, military and technical, as well as cultural cooperation.