Russia seeking active ME role

Jan. 26, 2004 at 7:30 AM

CAIRO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Russia wants to activate its role in the Middle East to help achieve a just and comprehensive peace settlement, an Egyptian official said.

Osama Baz, political advisor to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, said, "Russia intends to continue and activate its role to achieve peace in the Middle East."

He was speaking after talks with former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov, who arrived in Cairo Saturday in his capacity as president of the union of Russian chambers of commerce.

Primakov, who met with Mubarak, said discussions covered the situation in the Middle East and Iraq. He said he relayed an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Mubarak to visit Moscow.

Russia is a member of the Quartet committee comprising the United States, United Nations and European Union, which drafted the road map for peace in the Middle East.

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