Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Moscow, August 21, 2017


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Mr Minister, friends,

We are glad to see you in Moscow. This is a good opportunity to continue the discussion we began on May 29 in Cairo.

Given the current dynamic in the Middle East and North Africa, the more frequently we coordinate our positions and exchange opinions, the better for the peace process.

We are pursuing the same goals as Egypt in our efforts to assist with resolving the numerous crises in the Middle East and North Africa. We want the region to stabilise and no longer be exploited by terrorists, drug traffickers and other representatives of organised crime. We want all the peoples in this long-suffering region to live in security and accord. Your accounts from the site of the events are very important to us. On our part, we are ready to share our views on Syria, Libya, Yemen and Iraq.

This is certainly a good opportunity to review our bilateral relations once again as they are becoming more vigorous, and look back on the progress achieved in the areas that our presidents specified as priorities. Without fail, our agenda always includes cooperation within the UN and other global forums, even more so now that Egypt is a non-permanent member of the UNSC.


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