Ostankino Tower lights up in Egypt, Russia flags colours to mark 80 years of relations

Ahram Online , Saturday 26 Aug 2023

The iconic TV and radio Ostakino Tower in Moscow, once the world's tallest freestanding structure, was lit up in the colours of the flags of Russia and Egypt, to mark the 80th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

Ostankino Tower
Ostankino Tower lights up in the colors of the flags of Egypt and Russia. Egypt s MFA


Also, the headquarters of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was lit up in the early hours of Saturday with the slogan: “Egypt 80 Russia” in Arabic to celebrate the occasion.

Egypt and Russia established their diplomatic relations on 26 August, 1943, when Russia was part of the Soviet Union.

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov exchanged letters of congratulations, affirming the special and deep historical relations between the two countries, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Shoukry and Lavrov also stressed their determination to enhance cooperation in all fields and foster friendship between their peoples.

Year-long celebrations

The 80th anniversary celebrations are extending throughout the year.

They include a number of joint programmes and activities that shed light on the diversity of historic Egyptian-Russian relations, the ministry said.

These include documentary and TV programmes, and fairs displaying archival and documentary materials, organized by the two countries’ foreign ministries.

They also include specialized cooperation projects in a number of fields, the ministry added.

Egyptian-Russian relations

Egyptian-Russian cooperation has intensified over the past years in political and economic fields, particularly energy.

In 2022, the volume of trade exchange between Egypt and Russia hit $4.7 billion, up by 16.2 percent from the previous year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in a meeting in St. Petersburg last month that Egypt accounts for one-third of Russia’s trade exchange with Africa.

Egypt still relies heavily on wheat imports from Russia, despite disruption of the Black Sea corridor due to the Ukraine crises.

Egypt and Russia are also cooperating to establish the Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant in the Egyptian Matrouh governorate as well as the Russian Industrial Zone in eastern Egypt.

Russia is also one of the most important tourism markets to Egypt with up to 30,000 Russian tourists visiting Egypt every week.

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