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Egypt: Putin arrives in Cairo for first visit in a DECADE01:04

Egypt: Putin arrives in Cairo for first visit in a DECADE

Russian Federation, Cairo
February 9, 2015 at 20:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

President Vladimir Putin was greeted on his arrival in Cairo on Monday by the Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Putin is in the country for the first time in 10 years on a two-day official visit to discuss ambitious plans to open the Eurasian Economic Union to the North African country. It is set to be one of the focal points of the talks with President Fattah el-Sisi and could provide a much needed boost to both country's economies.

Putin is due to stay in Cairo for two days and discuss securing closer military and economic ties with his Egyptian counterpart. Both leaders are also expected to talk about the current situation in Syria, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Libya.

Putin's visit comes after Russian-Egyptian relations appear to have strengthened in recent years culminating in the two nations agreeing on an arms deal last year, worth an estimated $3.5 billion (€3.1 billion).

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President Vladimir Putin was greeted on his arrival in Cairo on Monday by the Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Putin is in the country for the first time in 10 years on a two-day official visit to discuss ambitious plans to open the Eurasian Economic Union to the North African country. It is set to be one of the focal points of the talks with President Fattah el-Sisi and could provide a much needed boost to both country's economies.

Putin is due to stay in Cairo for two days and discuss securing closer military and economic ties with his Egyptian counterpart. Both leaders are also expected to talk about the current situation in Syria, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Libya.

Putin's visit comes after Russian-Egyptian relations appear to have strengthened in recent years culminating in the two nations agreeing on an arms deal last year, worth an estimated $3.5 billion (€3.1 billion).