Russian ambassador to Egypt suddenly dies in Cairo hospital

FRENCH PRESS AGENCY - AFP
CAIRO
Published 02.09.2019 18:45
In this Nov. 1, 2015 file photo, Russian Ambassador to Egypt, Sergei Kirpichenko speaks to journalists, at the Russian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo)
In this Nov. 1, 2015 file photo, Russian Ambassador to Egypt, Sergei Kirpichenko speaks to journalists, at the Russian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo)

Russia's ambassador to Egypt died suddenly on Monday in a Cairo hospital, the Russian embassy in Cairo said on its social media accounts.

The embassy did not specify the cause of Sergey Kirpichenko's death.

A career diplomat who had served as ambassador to Egypt since 2011, the 68-year-old had also represented Moscow in Libya, Syria and the United Arab Emirates.

Egypt's foreign ministry issued a brief statement expressing its condolences.

Cairo and Moscow have bolstered their strategic and economic ties in recent years under presidents Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Vladimir Putin.

The flag over the Russian Embassy in Cairo is flying at half-staff in Kirpichenko's memory.

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