Russia strongly condemns the assassination of Egypt's top prosecutor

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Jun 2015

The top prosecutor was killed in an explosion that targeted his convoy in Heliopolis Monday

Russia strongly condemns the 'terrorist act' that killed Egypt's top prosecutor Hisham Barakat, the Russian foreign minister's special envoy to the Middle East Sergey Vershinin told Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry at a meeting Tuesday, according to a foreign ministry statement.

Vershinin also said Russia stands by Egypt in the fight against terrorism, according to a foreign ministry statement issued Tuesday.

Hisham Barakat was killed in a bomb attack that targeted his convoy near the military academy in Heliopolis Monday.

The attack also injured nine people, including two drivers and five members of the security forces.

The UN Security Council, the White House and Germany have also expressed their condemnation of the assassination.

Shoukry and the Russian envoy also discussed the danger of terrorism that threatens the Middle East and efforts made in order to face it.

They also tackled the developments in the Middle East, especially the Libyan and Syrian issues, and common efforts to push for a political solution in those countries.

Both diplomats expressed their support to UN's envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon to form a unity government.

Libyan militias have been fighting the central government in a civil war that has ravaged the country since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

An internationally recognised parliament operates out of the city of Tobruk in the east, while anti-government rebels control the capital Tripoli in the west.

Shoukry and the Russian diplomat also discussed the Syrian issue and the efforts made to unite the opposition and reach a political solution, according to the Geneva I agreement in June 2014, a framework for negotiations which stipulated the formation of a transitional government and the implementation of future truce.



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