Telephone conversation with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi 2016-03-07 14:05:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The Russian leader informed the President of Egypt about the ongoing efforts in the context of implementing the Joint Statement of Russia and the United States as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group on the cessation of hostilities in Syria from February 27, 2016. Mr Putin stressed that compliance with the ceasefire conditions is a key factor in normalising the internal situation and alleviating the humanitarian situation. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi expressed his high opinion of these steps and spoke in favour of an early start of the political process in the Syrian settlement under the UN aegis. It was agreed that Russia and Egypt will continue close cooperation in the framework of the International Syria Support Group. The two leaders stressed the need to continue effective efforts to combat international terrorism, not only in Syria but also in Libya and Yemen. Topical issues in Russian-Egyptian relations were also at the focus of the discussion. Mr Putin and Mr el-Sisi expressed their desire to further advance bilateral cooperation, including in energy and military technology. The importance of creating all the necessary conditions for resuming Russian flights to Egypt and tourist exchanges was also stressed. The presidents agreed to continue bilateral contacts at various levels.