FM: Egypt not replacing US with Russia as top ally

FM: Egypt not replacing US with Russia as top ally

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s foreign minister sought to downplay speculation of a major foreign policy shift, saying during a rare top-level Russian visit today that Cairo wants to boost ties with Moscow and not replace the United States as its key ally. The remarks by Nabil Fahmy came after talks with his visiting counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who is leading the Russian delegation to Cairo. It’s Moscow’s highest-level visit to Egypt in years and includes Russia’s defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, whose presence has set off rumors of an arms deal in the making.

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