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Putin to visit Egypt next week

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt next week to discuss expanding political, economic, energy and trade ties, officials said Thursday.

 

During Monday's trip the Russian leader will hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on issues related to stability and security in the Middle East and North Africa, the Kremlin said.

 

The Egyptian government said Putin's visit reflects the shared commitment to "strengthening the historic and strategic relations" between Moscow and Cairo.

 

Putin's visit follows the Russian government's announcement last week that Moscow and Cairo have drafted an agreement for Russian warplanes to use Egyptian military bases.