Egypt FM calls on Lavrov to resume Russian flights to tourist destinations

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, discussing matters such as the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt’s tourist spots.

The two ministers discussed economic cooperation, and Shoukry stressed the need to continue working to develop tourist relations between the two countries, expressing Egypt’s aspiration to resume Russian flights to Egyptian tourist destinations as soon as possible.

They also discussed ways to strengthen Egyptian-Russian relations in various fields, as well as consultations on regional and international issues of common concern.

Spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said that Shoukry stressed the importance Egypt attaches to boosting and developing relations with Russia in various fields, alongside intensifying political consultation on regional and international challenges in light of the momentum witnessed the relations have witnessed recently.

Issues discussed also included the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Libya. Shoukry stressed the need to support UN efforts to reach comprehensive solutions to these crises.

In April, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held a summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, where they discussed topics such as the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt.

Putin at the time praised Egypt’s efforts in securing its airports after the conclusion of ongoing technical consultation between both countries.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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