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Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yuri Fedotov Holds Consultations in Cairo

1911-04-09-2003

Consultations took place in Cairo on September 3-4 between Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yuri Fedotov and Egyptian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Muhammad Shaaban on the United Nations agenda, including in the light of the 58th session of the UN General Assembly opening in New York. Fedotov was received by Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Maher.

A common appraisal was expressed of the upcoming UN forum as an important factor of restoring the unity of the international community in the face of the common challenges and threats of today. A keen response on the part of the Egyptian side was aroused by the Russian initiative for taking further steps to create under UN auspices a global system of counteraction against new challenges and threats. Mutual interest was reaffirmed in cooperation in the context of practical work on the formation of that system.

The range of regional problems was examined from close viewpoints. There was emphasized the focus of Russian-Egyptian cooperation on the promotion of stability and security in the Middle East region. The inadmissibility was accentuated of a disruption of the Middle East peace process as a result of terrorist and extremist actions. It was noted that the task of the 58th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations is to provide the most favorable conditions for this.

Iraqi problems were discussed in detail, with both sides underscoring the necessity of increasing the United Nations' involvement in the processes of settlement and reconstruction in Iraq.

The similarity or identity of the two countries' positions on other important lines of United Nations activity was reaffirmed; in particular, on the antiterrorist and disarmament fronts and on UN reform.

Moscow positively assesses the outcome of the consultations, directed to the deepening of cooperation between Russia and Egypt in the course of the 58 session of the General Assembly and in the United Nations as a whole.

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