Russian-Egyptian Intergovernmental Agreement on Outer Space in the Making

Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of the RoscosmosSpace State Corporation, held a working meeting with Ihab Nasr, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Russian Federation. The meeting took place on Friday, 5 March in Moscow, announced the press service of Roscosmos.

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The Russian and Egyptian sides discussed the current state and prospects of mutually beneficial Russian-Egyptian cooperation in the field of peaceful use of space. Cooperation in this area is of great significance and has a promising potential for the relationship between the two countries, said Roscosmos in its statement.

According to the Corporation, a draft for an intergovernmental agreement on outer space between Russia and Egypt is currently under study by Egyptian specialists. Moreover, the Egyptian side confirmed its plans to participate in Russian scientific programs.

During the meeting, the parties also noted the importance and priority of the issue of preparing a framework intergovernmental agreement on outer space between Russia and Egypt, the draft of which is currently being studied by Egyptian specialists. The Egyptian side also confirmed the previously announced plans to participate in Russian scientific programs.

On October 17, 2018, in Sochi Russia and Egypt had signed a Treaty on Comprehensive Partnership and Strategic Cooperation, following the visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Russia. The State Duma ratified it in July 2019, the Egyptian parliament ratified it on 15 December 2020, then the treaty entered into force on 10 January 2021.

Commenting on this in January, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that "the document provides for the further strengthening of Russian-Egyptian cooperation in the political, trade, economic, cultural and other areas, defines the mechanisms for deepening coordination between Moscow and Cairo at various levels."

The agreement is concluded for a period of ten years, thereafter, the treaty will be automatically renewed every five years unless one of the parties decides to withdraw from it.

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