Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said he was especially pleased to have met with Russian President Vladimir Putin as the two leaders held informal talks in Russia's southern city of Sochi late on Tuesday.
"I'm very pleased for meeting my friend, the Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in the wonderful resort [city] of Sochi," El-Sisi said on his official Facebook page on Wednesday. "We discussed several important issues and exchanged views on the most important international and regional issues," he added in a brief statement.
During their unofficial meeting in Sochi, the duo took a stroll along the embankment, talked to holidaymakers and went to one of the city’s restaurants, the Kremlin said on its official website late on Tuesday.
El-Sisi's page shared a photo of the two leaders while having dinner at a restaurant along with his statement.
The official talks between the two leaders will take place on Wednesday, the last day of El-Sisi's three-day visit to the country. They will discuss "key issues regarding the further development of Russian-Egyptian cooperation and exchange views on current international matters," the Kremlin said.
Putin and El-Sisi will also discuss the resumption of direct charter flights from Russia to Egyptian Red Sea resorts during their Wednesday's meeting, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Tuesday.
A range of bilateral documents are planned to be signed following the talks, according to the Kremlin.
On Tuesday, El-Sisi praised strong Russian-Egyptian ties in an address before Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, in what Egypt's state news agency said was the first time a foreign president had addressed the council.
Ahead of flying to Sochi, El-Sisi met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow, where the two discussed developing bilateral trade and economic cooperation with an emphasis on large-scale joint projects in energy and industry.