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Lavrov Begins 5-Day African tour, First Stop in Egypt

Sat 23 Jul 2022 | 07:50 PM
Israa Farhan

Today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov begins a 5-day trip to African countries, during which he will pay working visits to Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda, and the Republic of the Congo.

During his visit, Lavrov is scheduled to discuss the international and regional agenda and bilateral cooperation.

The Russian foreign minister said in an exclusive interview with the "Novosti" agency and "RT" that Moscow has had long-term and good relations with Africa, since the days of the Soviet Union.

He added that his country has been actively working in recent years to restore its position on the continent, noting that this approach is shared by African countries.

This visit coincides with an important and long-awaited event for the region, where a "food supply deal" was reached last day in Turkey.

Documents were signed on lifting restrictions on the supply of Russian food products, as well as Moscow's cooperation in the export of Ukrainian grain.

In Egypt, Lavrov will meet officials who are trying to cement deep ties with Russia with their close relationship with the US, which along with other Western powers sought to cut off Russia with tough sanctions after its February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

After meeting members of the Arab League in Cairo, he will travel to Ethiopia and Uganda, two countries whose relations with the West have come under pressure, as well as the Republic of the Congo.

Egypt has important strategic and economic ties with Russia, which in recent years has been a major source of wheat, weapons, and - until the war has complicated travel - tourists.