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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Egypt is shoring up Russian support in Libya; Cairo buys 115k tons Ukranian wheat

Egypt is shoring up Russian support in Libya after Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry yesterday discussed Egypt’s proposal to end the Libyan conflict during a phone call with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov. Egypt’s proposed roadmap to peace — known as the Cairo Declaration — has received lukewarm responses from the US and the EU for being outside the Berlin process. Shoukry yesterday insisted that the proposal complements the UN-led peace plan and is the option preferred by Libyans, ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez said in a statement. This comes a day after ex-foreign minister Nabil Fahmy said that the government should look to Moscow to influence the conflict in its favor, rather than Washington.

Egypt purchased 115k tons of Ukrainian wheat in an international tender yesterday, Reuters reports. State grain buyer the General Authority for Supply Commodities was looking to buy an unspecified amount of the commodity for shipment from 21-31 August in yesterday’s tender.

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