Sisi reiterates call for dialogue to settle Russia-Ukraine crisis in phone call with Zelenskyy

Ahram Online , Thursday 24 Mar 2022

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed in a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday the need to prioritise dialogue and diplomatic solutions to settle the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.

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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (R) and Ukrainian president counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone call on Thursday 24 March 2022

El-Sisi expressed Egypt's support for all endeavours that would accelerate the political settlement of the crisis via the negotiations path, a statement by the Egyptian presidency said.

Menwhile, Zelenskyy briefed El-Sisi on the latest developments in the Ukrainian crisis, as well as the updates related to the negotiations efforts with Russia.

"Egypt is following with great concern the successive on-the-ground developments and the resulting deterioration of the humanitarian situation," El-Sisi said, expressing his appreciation for the measures taken by the Ukrainian side to facilitate the exit of Egyptian citizens from Ukraine, and to ensure their safety and security.

The Ukrainian authorities facilitated the evacuation of hundreds of Egyptian nationals who were studying or living in Ukraine at the time of the invasion to neighbouring Romania, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia

During the phone call, Zelenskyy expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the efforts made by Egypt for hosting Ukrainian tourists in Egypt's tourist resorts and facilitating their return to Ukraine's neighbouring countries.

Following the start of the Russian invasion, Egypt paid for the stay of all Ukrainian and Russian tourists at three-star Egyptian hotels.

EgyptAir and Cairo Air airlines also began in March flying out Ukrainian tourists who wanted to return at the expense of the Egyptian government.

Earlier on Thursday, following a phone call with Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry, the Ukrainian FM Dmytro Kuleba tweeted: "Call with Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry on bilateral & UN cooperation. Ukraine is ready to remain a reliable supplier of agricultural goods to Egypt & other countries, but Russia must cease hostilities to restore supply chains. Grateful for taking care of Ukrainian citizens in Egypt."

Cairo and Kyiv enjoy distingushed economic relations, with Egypt importing 30 percent of its imported wheat from Ukraine before the outbreak of Russian-Ukrainian war.

Shoukry told Kuleba that Egypt supports a peaceful resolution to the crisis with Russia and a stop to the bloodshed.

In early March, Egypt was among the 141 countries that voted for a UN resolution at the General Assembly calling for a halt to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and an immediate withdrawal of Russian forces from its western neighbour.

Egypt also called at the General Assembly for a quick political solution to the Russia-Ukraine crisis through peaceful means, warning of the impact of the crisis on the fragile global economy.

In early March, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi voiced in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin Egypt's readiness to support the diplomatic endeavours that would facilitate reaching a political settlement between Russia and Ukraine to end the conflict and preserve international security and stability. 

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