Egypt's Sisi to visit with Russia's Putin for third time on Tuesday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 25 Aug 2015

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will make a-three day visit to Russia before beginning an Asian tour on Thursday

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in May (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will start his third visit to Russia since becoming a head of state. His three-day visit will start on Tuesday, the Egyptian presidency announced.

According to the Egyptian presidency, El-Sisi will start with a visit to the Russian Parliament "Duma" and a meeting with its chairman Sergey Naryshkin. 

El-Sisi will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday according to the Kremlin official website where they will discuss "all aspects of bilateral relations, including prospects of further strengthening trade and economic cooperation."

The visit will also witness the announcement of new political, economic and military agreements between the two countries.

There will also be an agreement over the construction of at least two nuclear power stations in the city of Dabaa, Marsa Matrouh. The ministerial delegation accompanying the Egyptian president on his tour will discuss the upcoming Russian industrial zone in the Suez Canal area. 

The visit was scheduled during a meeting between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and President El-Sisi in Ismailia during the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal on the first week of August.

This is the third visit to Russia by El-Sisi as the president of Egypt since July 2014. His first visit to Russia was in August 2014 where he held a summit with the Russian president in the city of Sochi. 

In May, El-Sisi attended the 70th anniversary celebration of the end of World War II.

Putin also paid a two-day visit to Egypt in February to meet with El-Sisi, which was aimed at boosting Moscow's relationship with Cairo.

The start of another Asian tour 

After finishing his visit to Russia on Thursday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will begin a tour of Asia where he will visit Singapore, China and Indonesia. 

The Egyptian president will attend the Chinese celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing. 

This will be the second visit for president El-Sisi to China. His first visit to China was in December 2014.

According to news reports, the economic bilateral relations and investment opportunities in Egypt are on the top of El-Sisi's agenda during his Asian tour. 

An active Arab week in Moscow 

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is not the only Arab leader visiting Moscow this week. 

On Tuesday, President Putin will meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Moscow where they will discuss bilateral cooperation including plans to build the first nuclear power plant in Jordan as well as the fight against the Islamic State militant group. 

The Russian President invited the Jordanian King to visit Moscow. 

Putin will also meet on Tuesday Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces Mohammed Al Nahyan where they will discuss the latest political and security developments in the Middle East and North Africa as well as bilateral relations, primarily in the investment and energy sector, according to the Kremlin's official website. 

Reuters reported that the situation in Syria will be on the top of the agenda in the talks between Putin and his Arab counterparts. 

Both King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Mohamed Al Nahyan will attend Russia's International Aviation and Space Salon "MAKS-201."

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