16 September 2019 02:19 PM

Sisi to Putin: Egypt keen on deepening ties with Russia

Saturday، 27 April 2019 - 10:09 AM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said Egypt is keen on deepening relations with Russia, especially after the signing of the strategic partnership agreement between the two countries in October 2018.

President Sisi remarks came during a meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the fringe of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRFIC), Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said.

During the meeting, the Egyptian leader lauded existing cooperation between Cairo and Moscow in several fields and future projects, notably the establishment of the Russian industrial zone in East Port Said area and El Dabaa nuclear power plant, the spokesman added.

For his part, the Russian president said he is keen to continue coordination with President Sisi on different regional and international issues of common concern, adding Egypt plays a significant role as a key pillar of security and stability in the Middle East and Africa, the spokesman noted.

Also, the two sides touched on a number of topics related to bilateral ties, including the possibility for resuming Russian flights to Egypt, the spokesman said.

In this regard, President Putin lauded the great efforts exerted by Egyptian authorities to secure airports, a move which he says could contribute to the resumption of Russian flights to the country following the end of ongoing technical talks between the two states.

The two leaders discussed means of boosting bilateral cooperation in the sector of railways, in addition to the fight against terrorism, the spokesman added.

Their talks tackled tripartite cooperation between Egypt and Russia in the African continent, especially in light of Egypt's chairmanship of the African Union (AU) in 2019, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Sisi and Putin reviewed a host of regional and international issues, as they exchanged views on ongoing regional conflicts, primarily the latest developments of the Libyan and Syrian crises, as well as the Palestinian cause.

In this respect, the two presidents agreed on the necessity of reaching political settlements to those conflicts in line with the relevant international references.

MENA


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