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Egypt's FM to visit Khartoum for Arab-Russian forum

Meeting with Arab foreign ministers, Russia and Arab League head will address regional issues

Ahram Online, Tuesday 25 Nov 2014
Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: reuters)
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Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry is due to head to Khartoum early next month for an Arab-Russian forum in the Sudanese capital, Egypt's state-run news agency MENA said.

The second round of the two-day Arab-Russian Co-operation Forum is scheduled to begin on 2 December, where foreign ministers of Arab countries, Russia and the secretary-general of the Arab League (AL) are expected to take part.

The first session of the forum was held in early 2013 in Moscow.

The meeting this year is aimed at addressing ties between Arab countries and Russia as well as recent developments in the region, namely in Syria and Libya, where militia violence has reigned, MENA said.

During the visit, Shoukry is due to take part in talks with Libya's neighbours as well as hold a series of meetings with high-level Sudanese government officials to prepare for talks of a joint presidential committee on political and economic issues.

Late in October, Cairo and Khartoum agreed to bolster mutual ties during talks in the Egyptian capital between Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, scaling up the joint committee to reinforce cooperation between the two states.

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