CAIRO: Egypt and Russia discussed a memorandum of understanding over security ties and counterterrorism, stated Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef Monday.
“Both sides discussed files of mutual concerns and previewed the challenges and threats that face the countries, especially in their neighboring countries,” Youssef said in a statement.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will meet Monday the secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, and his accompanying delegation, who are scheduled to visit Egypt for two days to discuss counterterrorism efforts, Youssef added.
The Russian delegation includes high-level figures from the Russian Security Council, Putin’s special envoy for the Middle East and North Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, and representatives of the Russian ministries of justice, interior, and counterterrorism.
The relations between Cairo and Moscow were seen as being strengthened when Sisi headed to Russia following the suspension of part of U.S. military aid to Egypt after the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in August 2013.
In February 2014, President Sisi, when he was the Minister of Defense, traveled to Russia to discuss a $2 billion weapons deal including anti-tank missile systems, military transport helicopters and gunships and MiG-29 fighter jets.
He also paid Russia a two-day visit in August 2014 and reached deals in economic and military deals. Russian Putin visited Cairo in February and signed with Sisi agreements in the fields of power, nuclear energy, agriculture and industry. It was also agreed between both leaders that Russia would build the first nuclear power plant in Egypt.