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Russia: Shoigu and Lavrov hold ‘2+2’ talks with Egyptian defence and foreign ministers

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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with their Egyptian counterparts Sameh Shoukry and Mohamed Ahmed Zaki in the ‘2+2’ format in Moscow on Monday.

Shoigu stated that Moscow calls for “the settlement of conflicts based on dialogue” in the Middle East and offered “comprehensive aid to Egyptian partners in order to strengthen security and defence capability of the country.”

“Socio-economic situation in many states of the region continues to worsen. We note with satisfaction, that Egypt in this regard is a territory of stability,” he added.

Shoigu’s counterpart Zaki on his part said that Egypt faces “threats emanating from terrorist and extremist networks, equipped with modern ammunition and communication equipment, which also receive financial support from organised criminal groups.”

Zaki praised the military cooperation between the two countries, saying “it represents a qualitative leap and a solid basis for the achievement of joint goals and the protection of common interests.”

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry mentioned that regular talks in the ‘2+2’ format between the two nations enable “strengthening stability and security in the region and in the world.”

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