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Egypt says Russia no replacement for U.S.

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 14 November 2013
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November 14, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu  (file photo)Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (file photo)

Egypt's foreign minister said Cairo is not looking for a new ally to replace the United States after talks with a high-level Russian delegation on November 14.

Nabil Fahmy said the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is an "activation" of existing ties with Moscow. He said Egypt seeks cooperation with Moscow "in multiple fields" because of Russia's "international significance."

Lavrov called the meeting "historic" and said Moscow wants a "stable Egypt with a prosperous economy and an efficient political system."

Interfax quoted an official at Russia's Rosoboron arms exporter as saying there are no plans to sign big military contracts during the Cairo talks.

U.S.-Egyptian relations were strained after the military's ouster of President Muhammad Morsi in July, and Washington cut part of its $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt.

Based on reporting by AP and Interfax

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