Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

July 6, 2013 (TSR) – Lavrov held telephone talks on July 5 with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amre on the Egyptian side’s initiative.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hopes problems arising in Egypt will be tackled peacefully, and that Russian-Egyptian relations will grow stronger.

“Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s unswerving support for the Egyptian people’s legitimate aspiration for a better life in conditions of freedom and democratic renewal,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Lavrov also expressed the hope that political and socioeconomic contradictions in Egyptian society will be settled without violence, with all the parties’ rejecting the use of force, and through a national dialogue reflecting the interests of all social groups and faiths.

“Both parties expressed the determination to strengthen and further develop Russian-Egyptian relations with an accent on the long-established bonds of friendship and equitable cooperation”, the statement says.

Amre said that the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi should be seen as the European people’s decision clearly conveyed in the recent mass protests and implemented with support from the armed forces.

“Egypt’s provisional leaders will soon propose an action plan to restart the broken political process,” the ministry said.


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