Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov receives President El Sisi in Russia on August 12, 2014- Press Photo Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov receives President El Sisi in Russia on August 12, 2014- Press Photo

Russian FM embarks on trip to Egypt, Jordan

Fri, Apr. 5, 2019
CAIRO – 5 April 2019: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov embarked on a three-day trip to Egypt and Jordan on Friday, announced the Russian Foreign Minister in a statement.

During his visit to Cairo, Lavrov will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, discussing the bilateral relations and regional and international of mutual concern and the preparations for the Russia-Africa summit due in October.

He also will hold discussion with Secertary Genetal of Arab Legaue Ahmed Abul Gheit, the statement continued.



“As Egypt is presiding over the African Union in 2019, there are plans to discuss practical ways to coordinate preparations for the Russia-Africa summit scheduled to take place in Sochi in October,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted as sayings by TASS on Friday.

It is scheduled that Lavorv will discuss the full resumption of Russian aviation to Egyptian international airports of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada after being suspended for more than three years, Russian news agency Sputik reported.

On February 1, 2019, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told TASS on Tuesday that no deadline has been set for the resumption of flights between Russia and the Egyptian resorts.

Flights were suspended at the end of 2015 after a bomb downed a flight carrying holidaymakers from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, killing all 224 people on board, mostly Russian tourists. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group.

Since the crash, Egypt has been implementing new, tighter security measures at all of its airports to meet the Russian demands necessary for the resumption of flights, with multiple visits from Russian security delegations to observe changes implemented by the government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed to resume flights from Moscow to Cairo in January 2018. On April 11, 2018, the first flight of Russia's Aeroflot airlines arrived to Cairo International Airport.

As his visit to Amman, the Russian Foreign Minister will hold discussion with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Ayman al-Safadi, Foreign minister of Jordan, said the Foreign Ministry of Russia in the statement.

 
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