Sisi, Putin discuss latest developments in Middle East in phone call

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Jun 2017

File photo: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a meeting in Cairo February 10, 2015 Reuters

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed on Tuesday over the phone the latest updates in the Middle East region, state news agency MENA reported.

The two leaders also discussed ways to boost bilateral relations and continue cooperation and consultation on matters of shared interest.

Also on Tuesday, Putin phoned Qatar’s Emir Tamim, relaying Russia’s view that the split between Qatar a number of other Arab countries should be solved through political dialogue, MENA reported.

On Monday, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and the eastern-based government of Libya cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the Gulf country of supporting terrorist groups.

Qatar slammed the boycott decision as "unjustified," saying that the move aimed to put Doha under political "guardianship."

The Gulf country also stressed that "these measures taken against the state of Qatar will not affect the normal course of life of the citizens and residents of the state."

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