File photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during their meeting during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen. (AFP)
Speaking to TEN TV channel on Sunday, Rady noted Lavrov briefed El-Sisi on developments in the Ukrainian crisis and Russia’s position internationally during the first leg of the top Russian diplomat’s tour of African countries.
The spokesman pointed out that El-Sisi affirmed Egypt's firm stance toward the crisis that gives priority to dialogue, adding that the meeting also dealt with bilateral relations in the fields of tourism and executive sectors.
The meeting with Lavrov came on the heels of several high-level international meetings for the Egyptian president over the past week that started with the Jeddah Summit and also included visits to Germany, Serbia and France, said Rady, adding that the common topic across all these visits was the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
The spokesman referred to the five main points that El-Sisi presented during his speech at the Jeddah Summit, including the development of partnership between the Arab countries and the United States and the inevitability of resolving the Palestinian cause.
Alluding to Europe’s efforts to find sources of non-Russian gas, he recalled the president's remarks seven years ago about the importance of making use of the east Mediterranean gas, a matter which is now essential for all countries.
He also pointed out that Egypt exerts tremendous efforts, whether in bilateral or multilateral frameworks including the United Nations, to find a resolution for the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
As for food supply chains, which were badly affected by the crisis, Rady referred to tireless efforts by all parties, including Russia, Ukraine, the US and the European Union, to find safe passages for the grains from the Ukrainian and Russian ports to all the world.
Egypt will help any country in the world from an aid and constructive and humanitarian perspective he added.