On the Outcome of Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov's Visit to Egypt
Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, stayed on a visit to Egypt on September 3-4. He had meetings and talks with the President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmad Aboul Geit.
Discussions in Cairo centered on the situation in Middle East settlement. Both sides spoke for resuming the peace process on the basis of the Road Map and for close cooperation between the Quartet of international mediators and Egypt in the interest of establishing a comprehensive and just peace in the Middle East on a generally recognized international legal basis.
Much attention was devoted to conditions in Iraq in the context of the tasks of international community assistance to the political process and to normalizing the social and economic life of the country. The theme of regional conflicts, in particular, the situation in the West Sudanese province of Darfur, also was touched on.
Questions of bilateral cooperation, including its commercial, economic and cultural components, were considered in detail. A common desire was expressed to strengthen the political dialogue and to build up collaboration in the field of high technologies.
The talks have confirmed the similarity or identity of approaches to the international and regional problems discussed, traditional for Russian-Egyptian relations.