Sisi, Putin discuss Gaza situation over the phone
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:  President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi discussed in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin regional key issues, expressing serious concern for the escalation of tension in Gaza, the Interfax Russian News Agency reported Thursday.

According to a statement issued by the press office of the Russian presidential palace (the Kremlin), both presidents tackled Gaza-Israel conflict and Putin praised Egypt’s efforts to help stabilizing the situation in Gaza strip, where more than 1,800 Palestinians have been killed and 9,500 injured, compared to 70 Israeli people killed during the past month.

The statement said the two leaders voiced concern over the deteriorating situation in Libya and called for promoting a national dialogue and end the conflict by political means.

They also discussed the situation in Iraq, according to the statement.

A notable security crisis is being witnessed in Northern Iraqi cities, including Mosul and Kirkuk after Jihadists from the Islamic States of Iraq Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaeda-inspired militant group, took over.

Sisi is scheduled to visit Moscow Tuesday to enhance the bilateral economic, political and military cooperation, according to albawabhnews Thursday.

During his expected visit, Sisi is scheduled to discuss establishing a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union, in which Russia is a member,   anonymous source told Mubasher Info Tuesday.

As a former Military Defense Minister, Sisi paid a visit to Moscow in February to discuss the military cooperation after U.S. suspended its military aid to Egypt following the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in August 2013 in Cairo.

During his February visit, Sisi signed an armed deal with Putin worth US$ 2 billion.

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