Egypt’s military production minister flies to Russia
Egypt’s Minister of Military Production Mohamed Said al-Assar

CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Military Production Mohamed Said al-Assar left Cairo International Airport heading to Russia Sunday to discuss military cooperation, an official from the airport told Youm7.

Assar and his accompanied delegation will tackle cooperation deals discussed with a Russian delegation chaired by Russian Minister of Industry Denis Manturov in early February, the official added.

The Russian delegation included 20 representatives from Russian major companies in the fields of transportation, agriculture, civil aviation, heavy industry, shipbuilding, energy and telecommunications. The two countries also signed a protocol on the establishment of a Russian industrial zone at Egypt’s Suez Canal Axis, according to Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail.

Since President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi assumed power in June 2014, the relations between both countries have increased, particularly in military field; Egypt has bought anti-tank missile systems, military transport helicopters and gunships and MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia.

Egypt also participated in the international military exhibit MAKS-2015 in Russia that was held Aug. 25-30; the exhibit included the supersonic air jet Tu-144 and Tu-155 along with aircrafts from World War II, such as a MIG-3 fighter jet.

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