In connection with the upcoming official visit by the President of Egypt to Russia on August 12, the two leaders discussed key issues on bilateral agenda. Both sides confirmed their mutual interest in further advancing the comprehensive mutually beneficial cooperation.
In exchanging opinions on the situation in the Middle East, both sides expressed serious concern over the escalation of tension in Gaza. The Russian President highly praised the efforts being taken by the Egyptian side to promote the normalization of situation in the region, including by organising for this purpose direct talks between Palestinians and Israelis.
Given the exacerbation of crisis in Libya, both leaders spoke in favour of encouraging national dialogue in order to resolve the points at issue by political means. Also, Mr Putin and Mr el-Sisi discussed the situation in Iraq.