Egypt's defence minister heads to Russia for military cooperation talks

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Sep 2016

The visit marks the third meeting of an Egyptian-Russian military committee on military cooperation between the countries

Sedki Sobhi and Mohamed El-Assar
Egypt's defence minister Sedki Sobhi and military production minister Mohamed El-Assar head to Russia for an official visit on Sunday, September 4, 2016 (Photo Courtesy of Egypt's army spokesman page on Facebook)

Egypt's Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi flew to Russia Sunday on an official visit for talks related to Egyptian-Russian military cooperation.

The Egyptian army said in a statement that the the visit "constitutes a third meeting for the Egyptian-Russian military committee to discuss aspects of military cooperation between the two countries in various fields."

Sobhi's visit is expected to last a couple of days. Heading a delegation, Sobhi is also accompanied by Egyptian Minister of Military Production Mohamed El-Assar.

This is the latest in a series of visits focused on boosting military cooperation between Egypt and Russia, who are partners in coordinating efforts to fight terrorism.

Last August, Egypt received a new advanced warship, the Molniya RKA 32, "as part of mutual military cooperation between Cairo and Moscow," according to an army statement.

Last year, Russia and Egypt held their first ever joint naval exercise off the coast of Alexandria.

The eight-day drills included supply and communication exercises, search operations, and defence and firing exercises.

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