FM Shoukry reiterates calls for political solution to Russian-Ukrainian crisis

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 Jan 2023

In a meeting with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev on Tuesday, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry called for a political solution to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attends a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart following their talks in Moscow on January 31, 2023. AFP



According to Abu Zeid, Shoukry, who is visiting Moscow, was briefed by the Russian official on the latest developments of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis "as its repercussions extend “largely” regionally and internationally in a way that “seriously” impacts developing countries, including Egypt".

A liaison Arab group formed in March to tackle the impacts of the Ukraine crisis on the Arab region included Egypt alongside others parties.

In April, the liaison group held talks with Russia’s Lavrov in Moscow and Ukrainian FM Dmytro Kuleba in Warsaw in an attempt to forge a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Egypt has repeatedly called for a political solution to the crisis based on dialogue and warned of the global crisis’ impact on the Arab countries at the political, security and economic levels.

Shoukry and Patrushev agreed to continue bilateral talks and exchange views on several regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Talks between Shoukry and Patrushev dealt with means to bolster the Egyptian-Russian ties in the interests of both countries, with both officials praising the bilateral ties as “a solid foundation” to strengthen cooperation via implementing major projects in Egypt, the statement added.

These projects include El-Dabaa plant, the country's first nuclear power plant, which is located in the northwestern governorate of Marsa Matrouh as well as the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZONE), the spokesman added.

The pair showed interest in organising celebrations marking the 80th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between Egypt and Russia in August 2023.

Shoukry's visit to Moscow came immediately following his meeting on Monday with Secretary Blinken  during Blinken's  two-day visit to Cairo in the first leg of his Middle East tour.

Shoukry met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov earlier today.

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