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Egypt's Sisi meets Russian minister of defence in Moscow

The Egyptian president concludes on Thursday his three-day visit to Russia

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Aug 2015
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, reviews honor guards , as he takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier outside of Kremlin wall in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP )
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Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met Russian defence minister Sergy Shoygu in Moscow on Thursday afternoon before returning to Cairo, reported state-owned news agency MENA.

El-Sisi is concluding a three-day diplomatic visit to Moscow.

The pair met at the Russian ministry of defence where they discussed defence and military cooperation between their countries.

On Wednesday the Egyptian president met the Russian deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich at his Moscow residence. They discussed bilateral economic relations, especially in Egypt's energy sector.

Earlier on Wednesday El-Sisi met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin where they held private discussions about economic and political relations, and the latest developments in the Middle East region, particularly in Syria. The two leaders agreed on the importance of achieving a political solution in the war-torn country. 

Meanwhile in an exclusive statement to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, Egyptian presidency spokesperson Alaa Youssef said that a Russian delegation will soon visit Cairo to discuss building a Russian industrial zone as part of the Suez Canal development project. 

Youssef also told Al-Ahram that El-Sisi's visit had born positive results, particularly Russia's participation in the wheat and grains logistical warehouse project in Damietta and the redevelopment of 50-year-old Russian-built factories in Egypt.

The Egyptian president's third Russia visit began on Tuesday and entailed meetings with multiple Russian officials and businessmen.

El-Sisi also met the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces Mohamed Bin Ziyad Al-Nahyan, and king of Jordan Abdullah II, who were also visiting Moscow.

President El-Sisi will begin a tour of Asia on Saturday, in which he will visit Singapore, China and Indonesia. 

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