- Title: Russian, Egyptian foreign ministers meet in Cairo
- Date: 29th May 2017
- Summary: CAIRO, EGYPT (MAY 29, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV SITTING WITH EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SAMEH SHOUKRY INSIDE FOREIGN MINISTRY VARIOUS OF LAVROV AND HIS DELEGATION DURING MEETING WITH SHOUKRY AND HIS DELEGATION MEETING BETWEEN EGYPTIAN AND RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTERS WITH DELEGATIONS VARIOUS OF SHOUKRY DURING MEETING MEETING IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF ARAB LEAGUE HEADQUARTERS, FLAGS ON POLES VARIOUS OF LAVROV SITTING WITH ARAB LEAGUE SECRETARY-GENERAL AHMED ABOUL GHEIT
- Embargoed: 12th June 2017 13:25
- Keywords: Ahmed Aboul Gheit Sameh Shoukry Sergey Lavrov Cairo Arab League Foreign Minister Russia
- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- City: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IW5KQV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo on Monday (May 29) to discuss bilateral and regional issues including negotiations on the resumption of flights between Russia and Sharm al-Sheikh after a nearly 18-month halt.
Russia stopped direct flights to the Red Sea resort in 2015 after a Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers was blown up over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula by a bomb. A group affiliated with Islamic State claimed responsibility.
A statement from Egypt's foreign ministry said both ministers were keen for the return of Russian tourists to Egypt and discussed ways to revive trade between the two countries.
Lavrov also held talks with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Monday. According to Russian state news agency Sputnik, Gheit told Lavrov that the Arab League supported the establishment of de-escalation zones in Syria, but warned that it should not lead to the country's "fragmentation".
Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed in a memorandum signed on May 4 to establish four separate zones in Syria where hostilities between Syrian government forces and armed opposition groups are halted for at least six months. The guarantors are expected to finalise maps of the de-escalation zones by June 4.
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