Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov began an official visit to Cairo on Sunday, where he met with several Egyptian leaders.
Lavrov had a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Following that, he met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who conducted a bilateral discussion with him, which was subsequently joined by members of the two nations’ delegations.
“We have a consensus on many regional and international issues,” Lavrov said after the meeting, adding that he discussed in Cairo the development of trade exchange and technological cooperation between Egypt and Russia” as well as “the (Dabaa) nuclear project and the Russian zone in the Suez Canal.
Lavrov emphasized “Russian ports are being blocked by the West. We have got assurances to halt this in Turkey,” he said, adding that “Western sanctions restrict Russian help for African nations.”
“We look forward to continuing strong collaboration with Russia based on shared interests,” Shoukry said, adding, “We reviewed the situation in Ukraine and highlighted the significance of achieving a solution via discussion.”
“Egypt emphasizes the necessity of seeking a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian problem. The Ukraine conflict has a detrimental impact on global food security.” Shoukry went on.
Lavrov also informed Sisi of the latest developments surrounding the Ukrainian situation and the latest Russian initiatives in this context at the international level,” according to the spokesman.
Sisi emphasized “the significance of prioritizing diplomatic solutions to the crisis,” as well as “Egypt’s support for all attempts that would accelerate the political resolution of the issue to safeguard international security and stability.”
Lavrov will also meet with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab Nations, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and representatives from member states in Cairo. He will also make an address before the League Council at the delegate level.
The Russian Foreign Minister’s visit to Cairo comes in the middle of a food crisis in numerous African nations owing to a lack of food supplies from Russia and Ukraine.
Egypt is the first stop on Lavrov’s five-day African tour, which also includes stops in Congo, Uganda, and Ethiopia.