26 February 2013

Egypt: FM- Egypt Looks Forward to Boosting Relations With Russia

Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, currently in Moscow, said that Egypt is looking forward to fostering bilateral relations with Russia in various domains.

Amr hailed the distinguished relations between Russia and the Arab countries.

Amr said he had held talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over a number of regional and international issues as well as the mutual relations between Russia and the Arab countries.

On the other hand, Egypt and Russia are strongly against any military intervention in Syria to end the bloodshed in the violence-torn country, Amr said.

He said that Egypt supports the political solution that will enable Syria to surpass its current crisis.

We believe that the political solution will be held via negotiations between the Syrian opposition and the regime, Amr added.

He added that Russia is an important member-State of the UN Security Council; it has strength and consideration in this regard.

The Arab League previously expressed our position, which supports the will of the Syrian people, dignity and social justice, he said.

The Head of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib had said that he is ready to negotiate with the Syrian regime over the procedures of Bashar al-Assad's departure as well as the formation of a transition government, Amr said.

Amr urged the Syrian opposition and the regime to consider including other parties among the negotiations like Arab League Secretary-general Nabil al-Arabi, Arab League-United Nations envoy to Syria al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi and OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

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