23 April 2013

Egypt: Russia Doesn't Ask for Establishing Military Base in Nation

Presidential Spokesman Omar Amer said on Monday 22/4/2013 that Russia did not ask Egypt to establish a Russian Military base on Egyptian territories in place of the Russian base in Syria.

He stressed that the Egyptian stance towards the Syrian crisis is not bargainable, adding that President Mohamed Morsi emphasized in his meeting with President Vladimir Putin the constants of the Egyptian stance at the Non Alignment Movement summit and on the Quartet initiative which he launched during the Makkah summit that was developed during the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo.

Answering a question on stepping down by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Spokesman said the Egyptian stance announced in Teheran, Makkah Summit and the visit of the President to Russia is irreversible and is based on a strong conviction that military intervention would prolong the Syrian crisis.

He said the Russian side understands the importance of reaching a politic settlement to the crisis, adding that the two countries had identical stances on that affair.

For his part, Minister of Industry and Trade Hatem Saleh said the visit of the President to Russia was not directed against any state.

He stressed that the relations with the United States and the European Union are strategic, referring to the agreement signed by Egypt with both sides.

He said Egypt neither gives up its stances nor sells its land and any talk to the contrary is baseless.

He added that the Egyptian European partnership is not just ink on paper as cooperation covers the fields of industry, trade and investment.

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