Egypt's Sisi meets with Iraq's President Masoum on sidelines of Riyadh summit

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 May 2017

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File photo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Masoum in Cairo in 2016 (Reuters)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum on Sunday, on the sidelines of the Arab Islamic American Summit, held in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The two Arab leaders discussed boosting bilateral cooperation and various issues of mutual interest, according to Egypt's state-run news agency MENA.

The meeting is the third official encounter between the two presidents since 2015.

Egypt and Iraq have been enhancing bilateral political, economic and security relations in recent years.

Last month, the two countries reached an agreement on oil supplies, according to which Iraq will sell Egypt 12 million barrels of oil over the course of a year.

El-Sisi arrived in the Saudi capital on Saturday for two major regional summits. His two-day visit will involve high-level talks on regional and international issues, with security among the main topics for discussion.

He met with US President Donald Trump on Sunday, with Trump saying that he plans to visit Egypt soon.

El-Sisi is set to deliver a speech on Sunday as part of the summit schedule, according to presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef.

He is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with a number of leaders and officials who will be participating in the summits.

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