Egypt's parliament speaker to visit Russia Monday to discuss 'vital issues'

Gamal Essam El-Din , Saturday 9 Jul 2016

Speaker of Egypt's parliament Ali Abdel-Al will visit Moscow on Monday to discuss economic and political relations between Egypt and Russia

Egyptian Parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al (Photo: Reuters)

The speaker of Egypt's parliament, Ali Abdel-Al, will pay a visit to Russia on Monday upon an invitation from speaker of the Russian parliament Sergey Naryshkin, Osama Heikal, chairman of parliament's media, culture and antiquities committee told reporters Saturday.

Heikal said that he will be part of a large Egyptian parliamentary delegation that will accompany Abdel-Al to Russia.

"A large number of MPs will accompany Abdel-Al due to the expanding relations between Cairo and Moscow and because there are many vital issues we want to discuss with Russia," he said. 

Heikal said that important issues like restoring Russian tourism and flights to Egypt and the final signing of the Dabaa nuclear power plant deal between Egypt and Russia will be at the top of issues to be discussed.

"We have also many economic issues we want to discuss with the Russian MPs in areas of agriculture, industry and trade," said Heikal, who will be a member of the delegation.  

Heikal also praised Russian speaker Naryshkin for being the first among world parliamentary speakers to visit Egypt after the election of a new parliament in January.

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