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Sisi: Egyptian-Russian relations gained momentum over past few years

Wednesday، 17 October 2018 - 03:45 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said the Egyptian-Russian relations have gained momentum over the past few years, noting cooperation that covers all fields.

During a joint press conference on Wednesday 17/10/2018 with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, President Sisi expressed his condolences to the Russian leader, government and people over the tragic incident that took place in Crimea today. He expressed condolences to the families of the victims and wished the wounded a speedy recovery.

President Sisi thanked President Putin for the warm and cordial hospitality during his important visit which reflects close historical ties between Egypt and Russia.

"I am so glad with the great momentum gained by the Egyptian-Russian relations over the past four years and the achievements reached in the various fields, mainly the great cooperation project between the two countries, which is the agreement to establish a nuclear reactor in Dabaa," President Sisi said.

The project, undoubtedly, embodies the quantum leap reached in the level of cooperation between the two friendly states, President Sisi said, adding that the Russian industrial zone in East Port Said project also takes economic cooperation between the two countries from the level of trade exchange to the level of industrial cooperation which would certainly lead to a real breakthrough in the size and type of direct Russian investments in Egypt.

Joint efforts to enhance friendship between the two countries yielded the signing of the comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement through which a new chapter in cooperation will be written and new extended horizons will be opened in terms of promoting bilateral relations and strategic partnership, the Egyptian president said.

President Sisi referred to an agreement reached with President Putin to announce 2020 as a cultural year between Egypt and Russia. He voiced hope that this year would witness numerous festivities that reflect cultural and artistic harmony between the two friendly states and peoples.

President Sisi said he discussed with his Russian counterpart the Palestinian issue and that he sensed a great rapprochement in the stances of Egypt and Russia as regards the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, particularly the need to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue based on a two-state solution on the borders of 1967, the international law and the Arab peace initiative.

Addressing a joint press conference with President Putin, President Sisi said the latest developments in Syria were part of the talks. "We agreed on the need to continue consultations and coordination between Egypt and Russia on this vital file and to work on avoiding more field escalation in Syria in parallel with finding ways to reach a political solution," he added.

"This can be done through encouraging the UN envoy to launch the mission of the constitutional formulation committee as soon as possible as an important step to create favorable conditions to resume the political negotiations and reach a comprehensive political solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of the brotherly Syrian people and protects the unity and regional safety of Syria," President Sisi said.

"As for conditions in Libya, the talks tackle the latest developments on the political and security arenas and exchanged views on all communications and moves by the various active parties in Libya. I was keen, in this regard, to brief President Putin on Egypt's vision concerning reaching a political solution in Libya and the efforts exerted from Cairo to unify the Libyan military institution to enable it to carry out its missions efficiently," he added.

"We also discussed the repercussions of the latest clashes in Tripoli which reflected the danger of depending on militias to provide security. It should be a mission to be carried out solely by the regular security forces and the national army. We asserted the importance of the international community's commitment to fully implement the initiative of UN envoy Ghassan Salama to reach a solution in Libya, with all its elements. This requires avoiding parallel tracks of solution that only lead to extending the crisis and expanding the gap in views among the parties concerned," President Sisi said.

"We have agreed on the need to exchange information between the specialized bodies concerned with confronting terrorism particularly as regards the movement of terrorists to other countries or carrying out terrorist operations in these countries," he added.

"We have also asserted that countries should prevent these terrorists from crossing through their lands and to exchange information on them with all countries and international organizations concerned. I have stressed Egypt's openness to intensive cooperation with Russia in this regard as these countries are typical partners sharing a clear vision regarding such dangerous challenge to the stability of the region," he said.

"I have expounded the outcome of Operation Sinai 2018 and the great successes achieved within Egypt's efforts to combat terror," he added.

The Egyptian Leader once again thanked President Putin for his kind invitation to visit Russia and asserted strong strategic and historical relations between the two countries which they plan to continue to develop in the coming period for the best interests of both peoples.

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