Russian-Egyptian Cooperation: Implications for the Region

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While the Olympic Games took place in Sochi and the Geneva-II negotiation process kept us waiting for something positive to emerge, international analysts and commentators seemed to miss an event of extreme interest. This was the advancement of Russian-Egyptian relations in a period of uncertainty for the Middle Eastern country having suffered a new wave of terrorist attacks against foreign tourists. 

The “2+2” Ministerial Format

Between February 12 – 13, 2014, Egypt’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah Sisi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy visited Moscow. They conducted separate and intensive meetings as well as negotiations in what is termed the “2+2” format with the Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov. Abdel Fattah Sisi and Nabil Fahmy were also received by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. According to the joint statement released after the talks:

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