President Mohamed Morsi on Monday 5/11/2012 received Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. During the meeting, held at the presidential palace in Heliopolis, President Morsi and Lavrov discussed a wide range of Arab and regional issues of common interest topped by the Syrian crisis, the Palestinian cause and the security situation in the region.
Meanwhile, an expanded session of talks was held between Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
Addressing a press conference following their meeting, Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said talks between the two sides dealt with the current domestic developments in Egypt following the presidential elections and the measures taken by Egypt to draft the new constitution.
Minister Amr said in the field of bilateral cooperation, the two sides discussed the establishment of a Russian free zone in Egypt adding this zone could serve as a base for Russian industries and joint ventures between Egypt and Russia with the aim of exportation to all countries of the region.
Minister Amr said the talks dealt with the visit by Russian tourists to Egypt adding the Russian Foreign Minister expected that the number of Russian tourists would reach 2, 5 million this year.
Minister Amr said talks also dealt with Egyptian agricultural exports to Russia and facilitating the entry of such exports into the Russian market.
Minister Amr said the Russian Foreign Minister submitted an initiative to President Morsy to appoint a four way committee to address Syrian issue whether at the level of senior officials or the Foreign Minister Level.
On his Part Minister Lavrov said Russia considers Egypt as the biggest Arab country and welcomes its role in the regional and international affairs as well as the Middle East problems.
Lavrov said it is dangerous not to resume efforts to establish peace in the Middle East and to reach a solution to the Palestinian cause. He said progress in achieving this issue will help create better conditions in the region and contracting the role of extremists who attempt to capitalize on the current developments in the Arab spring states.