Russian FM hails Egypt’s efforts on Libya
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov - REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

CAIRO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed his country’s support to the role Egypt and other Arab states play on the U.N. Security Council to restore the situation in Libya, Youm7 reported.

Lavrov met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shokry in Moscow Thursday to discuss the escalating regional tensions in Libya, Syria and Yemen, along with Egyptian-Russian cooperation and preparations for the Economic Conference in Sharm el Sheikh in March.

Following the meeting, Lavrov instructed Russia’s permanent mission to the United Nations to coordinate between Arab states including Egypt and Jordan and other member states of the Security Council for consensus on the Arab draft resolution on Libya, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced.

The draft resolution, presented to the UN Wednesday, aims to lift an arms embargo on Libya, impose a naval blockade on areas that are not under government control and help bolster the Libyan army’s capabilities to tackle Islamic State (IS) group.

Shoukry arrived in Moscow late Wednesday for a two-day visit, where he will head a delegation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) committee that will meet with Russian officials. The committee is scheduled to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli peace process in light of continued Israeli diggings under Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The delegation includes the foreign ministers of Palestine and Guinea and the OIC chief.

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