Egypt’s FM tackles strengthening political and economic relations in Russia

Sami Hegazi
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Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Thursday with the Russian secretary of the National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev to discuss several regional and international issues of interest to the two countries.

The Egyptian FM also had a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov to discuss the latest development in the Middle East and North Africa region, especially regarding the Libyan crisis. 

Shoukry’s two-day visit to Russia also delved into economic cooperation between the two countries. According to the Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez, Egypt’s FM discussed the resumption of Russian flights to the Red Sea resort cities of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh with Denis Manturov, Minister of Trade and Industry.

The FM emphasized Egypt’s aspiration to resume charter flights especially that Egyptian airports take the highest security measures. The two sides also discussed the Egypt-Russia cooperation in the production of the Russian coronavirus vaccine.

Furthermore, Hafez said that the two ministers also discussed developments related to the Dabaa nuclear power plant project, stressing their commitment to move forward with the project.

Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s commitment to move towards completing the procedures for implementing the Russian industrial zone project in the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) “as it is one of the largest strategic cooperation projects between the two sides.”

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