The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, arrived in Moscow to hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. They are due to discuss regional issues of common concern, especially the situation in Libya.
Shoukry reaffirmed Egyptian calls for coordination with influential regional parties in an effort to achieve stability in the region and end the prolonged state of crises. He also stressed the need to dismantle militias, and expel all foreign forces deployed.
Shoukry and Lavrov also tackled bilateral relations and cooperation. They agreed on continuous political consultation over matters of mutual concern.
Shoukry also participated in a virtual meeting, headed by his South African counterpart, on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This was attended by the Foreign and Irrigation Ministers of Sudan, and Ethiopia.
In Geneva, Libya’s warring parties recently signed an agreement for a permanent ceasefire throughout the country. According to the agreement, all mercenaries and foreign forces are scheduled to leave Libya within three months. Widespread international praise followed the announcement of the agreement, with the exception of Turkey which questioned the viability of the ceasefire.