CAIRO, Oct. 18 (SEE) – State Information Service (SIS) affirmed that the joint ties between Egypt and Russia witnessed concrete developments in various fields and were enhanced by the recent visit of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to Moscow.
This came in a report released by SIS on the occasion of the visit which tackles its implications as well as its future prospects with regard to the mutual relations between both countries.
The report started by quoting President El-Sisi saying that the comprehensive partnership joint agreement with Russia constitutes a new chapter in our mutual relations and will open new extended prospects for developing those relations. Those words came during the joint press conference held by both presidents in Sochi city.
The report spotted certain positive gestures from the Russian side which reflect how welcoming it was for the Egyptian leader and delegation.
The first one was prior to the visit, when Russian President Putin mentioned during a visit to an agricultural project that he is keen to gift some of the special Russian apple to President El-Sisi.
Another one happened when the Russian President invited El-Sisi to speak before the Russian Federal Assembly as the first foreign leader to have this chance.
Positive gestures were again spotted when Putin and El-Sisi had walks in Sochi’s streets, car racing venue and when El-Sisi got a ride in Putin’s car.
President El-Sisi had separate meeting with Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev where both have discussed significant joint economic projects as well as prospects for future cooperation in the fields of energy, industry, agriculture and more.
The report noted also to the meeting between President El-Sisi and the President of the Russian Federal Assembly Valentina Matviyenko, where he stressed that the past five years had witnessed significant progress in the mutual relations between Egypt and Russia.
Ms. Matviyenko in return hailed President El-Sisi saying that he is a wise leader and “very faithful to his country”.
President El-Sisi met also with the President of Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) Tigran Sargsyan, where both had discussed the joint free trade agreement between Egypt and EEU.
The SIS report listed the main fields of cooperation that was tackled in the discussions and negotiations during the visit between Egyptian and Russian officials.
The first field was the economy, where both sides have agreed to expand the cooperation in the files of mutual trade, investment, tourism and industry domestication.
The report noted to AL-dabaa nuclear project as well as the Russian industrial area which is to be located east of Port-Said city, which President El-Sisi considered will transfer the mutual relations from the level of trade exchange to industrial cooperation level which is expected to surge the quantity and quality of direct Russian investments in Egypt.
President Putin said that he Russian industrial area is expected to cost around $ 7 billion and will provide 35 thousand jobs.
On another file, President Putin said that the trade between both countries raised with more than 60% over the past year, and 28% over the first half of this year.
He mentioned as well that the resumption of Russian charter flights will be soon.
The two leaders discussed the latest regional developments in Syria, Libya and Yemen.
The report further pointed out to the deeply-rooted profound historic relations between Egypt and Russia.
President El-Sisi mentioned that both leaders have agreed to make year 2020 a cultural one between both countries, where they expressed hope that it will witness many celebrating events with this occasion.
Another field of cooperation between both countries, as mentioned by SIS report, was ‘fighting terrorism.
President El-Sisi stated that he agreed with President Putin to enhance security cooperation in terms of information sharing as well as working to prevent the transfer of terrorists among countries. He praised the common stance shared by both countries with this regard.
The report also mentioned the cooperation on the regional level, as both leaders discussed the issues of common concern, including the crisis in Syria, Libya and Palestinian issue.