MOSCOW: Sisi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy for a second round of so-called “2+2″ talks with their Russian counterparts.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had made a landmark trip to Cairo in November aimed at reviving ties that had remained stagnant since Soviet times.
“Our visit offers a new start to the development of military and technological cooperation between Egypt and Russia,” Sisi said at the start of Thursday’s meeting in a government mansion in the heart of Moscow.
“We hope to speed up this cooperation,” Sisi said.
Russia’s foreign minister later told reporters that Sisi and Fahmy would both hold separate talks with President Vladimir Putin during their Moscow stay.
Putin carries overwhelming authority in Russia and his voice is seen as both instrumental and final on all major economic and military deals.
Top officials revealed no details of the military discussions while signalling that all sides were interested in the speedy conclusion of a deal.
Russia’s defense chief Shoigu stressed that Moscow “was interested in seeing Egypt be a powerful and stable state.”
“In this connection, we need to discuss fairly important issues concerning military and technological cooperation — their current state and prospects for the future.”