As part of his working visit to Egypt, Vladimir Putin met with President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to discuss the future of Russian-Egyptian relations in the political, trade, economic, energy and cultural spheres.
In addition, the Russian President informed the President of Egypt about his trip to the Syrian Arab Republic, which took place earlier that day. The leaders of the two countries discussed further steps to achieve a political settlement in Syria.
Following the talks, the presidents attended the signing of contracts for the construction of the Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant in Egypt and for the delivery of nuclear fuel to the plant.
Vladimir Putin and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi also made statements for the press.
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Beginning of a meeting with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (re-translated): We very much value your visit here, Mr President.
Russia has supported Egypt since the 50’s and 60’s, and continues to support our country to this day. This includes the construction of metallurgical plants and the Aswan Dam. Today, we will sign a contract for the construction of a nuclear power plant.
Your visit to Egypt today shows that relations between Egypt and the Russian Federation are very strong. We are interested in building and strengthening this cooperation.
Once again, welcome. We also welcome the accompanying members of your delegation. All of Egypt and the Egyptian people welcome you as well.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, thank you very much for the invitation.
I am pleased to note that our economic ties are developing at a fairly fast pace. Indeed, we have many good projects coming up, including the nuclear power plant project, the construction of a technological platform, and agriculture.
Of course, I would very much like to discuss with you the situation in the region. For my part, I am ready to talk to you in detail about the situation in Syria.
I arrived here directly from Syria and would like to inform you in detail about my conversation with President al-Assad, as well as our arrangements with the leaders of Turkey and Iran regarding further steps towards a political settlement in Syria.