Egypt: Sisi - New Beginning for Egyptian-Russian Military Cooperation

Egypt's Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that his recent visit to Moscow is a new beginning for a military and technical cooperation between Egypt and Russia.

Such cooperation would serve the interests of the two countries, al-Sisi said.

He stressed Cairo's commitment to friendship ties with Russia, adding that the world is passing through difficult times at this stage and that Egypt is facing different challenges topped by terrorism.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin described Sisi's intention to run for the presidency in the coming elections as a responsible decision. He said, addressing Sisi "this is an extremely responsible decision as you hold on your shoulders the fate of the Egyptian people".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed hope that Russian-Egyptian trade would reach 5 billion dollars.

"We have many good, promising and large-scale projects," the Russian president said.

"I hope very much that soon after all domestic political processes such as the presidential and parliamentary elections are over and the cabinet is formed, we will be able to tap all mechanisms of cooperation," he added.

Meantime, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that he discussed with his Egyptian counterpart the possibility of drafting an agreement for military ad technical cooperation between Russia and Egypt.

He said that his meeting with al-Sisi affirms the commitment of the two countries to promote military cooperation, noting that the two countries will jointly work to prevent the access of the criminal groups to weapons of mass destruction.

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