Lavrov: Russia has relations with all Arab countries

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia had built relations with all Arab countries without exception on the basis of mutual respect and that the ideological vestiges of the past had been overcome.

“Russia has mutually respectful relations that have developed steadily with all Arab countries, without exception.” Lavrov said on Tuesday in an interview with the Egyptian television broadcaster TeN.

He pointed out that “we did not have diplomatic relations with everyone during the Soviet Union, although Soviet Russia was the first country to recognize Saudi Arabia”.

He continued “Now all vestiges of the past and ideological judgments have been overcome, and we have close economic and investment cooperation that is rapidly continuing, humanitarian and educational relations.”

“I would like to mention here the contacts of Russian Muslims who are very hospitable in Saudi Arabia regarding their trip to carry out the Hajj. We deal closely with the international scene.”

He stressed that there are opportunities for additional measures to develop investment cooperation, as the Russian Direct Investment Fund has established common platforms with many Arab countries, especially the Gulf States, and implements extensive projects in the fields of energy, aircraft industry, space conquest and others Areas.

He recalled that in Egypt construction of the Dabaa nuclear power plant, the first in Africa, would soon begin in Egypt, and that the UAE is intensifying its trade, economic and investment ties with Russia and trade exchanges are increasing at record speeds.

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