Speaker of Egypt’s House of Representatives (HoR) Counselor Dr. Hanafy Gebaly, held talks with the President of Russian Federation Council today with Valentina Matvienko, President of the Russian Federal Council, on the sidelines of the Fifth World Conference of Parliament Speakers, currently being held in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Gebaly emphasized the uniqueness of the distinguished Egyptian-Russian relations, which reflects the keenness of the leadership of the two countries to establish a strategic partnership, stressing the importance of the giant joint projects between Egypt and Russia.
Gebaly pointed out that Egypt calls on the Russian side to increase Russian investments in the promising Egyptian economy and to enhance parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, adding that Egypt will not neglect its inherent right to the waters of the Nile, which does not in any way conflict with the right of others to sustainable development.
Gebaly stressed the uniqueness of the distinguished Egyptian-Russian relations, which witnessed unprecedented momentum during the past few years, confirming the keenness of the leadership of the two countries to establish a strategic partnership commensurate with the size and weight of the two countries in their regional and international surroundings, which led to the diffusion of the areas of cooperation and partnership between the two countries to include the economic, political, cultural and other fields, especially with the entry into force of the comprehensive cooperation and strategic partnership agreement between the two countries at the beginning of this year.
He called for strengthening cooperation between the two countries at the parliamentary level, praising the major joint projects between the two countries, such as the Dabaa nuclear plant project, the Russian industrial zone, and other giant projects, calling on the Russian side to push for more investments in the promising Egyptian economy. He also praised the Russian decision to resume charter flights between the Russian cities, Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, which reflect the state of security and stability that the Egyptian state is currently witnessing.
The Speaker of Egypt’s HoR reviewed the Egyptian efforts exerted in the negotiation tracks with the Ethiopian side to resolve the Renaissance Dam crisis, stressing that Egypt will not neglect its inherent right to the Nile water, which does not in any way conflict with the right of others to achieve sustainable development and prosperity, as long as it does not harm the rights of others.
On her part, Matvienko said that Russia is keen on strategic relations with Egypt, due to the latter’s importance and leadership regionally and internationally, affirming that Russia supports the just Egyptian position regarding the issue of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The President of the Russian Federal Council indicated that this session of talks came within the prominent developments taking place in the relations between the two countries, which reflect their strategic nature, and Russia’s belief in the importance and leadership of Egypt regionally and internationally, calling for pushing forward parliamentary relations between the two countries.
She affirmed Russia’s full support for the just Egyptian position regarding the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which seeks to preserve the inherent rights of the Egyptian people in the Nile water.