Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported the Egyptian army chief’s bid for president even as the two countries agreed to rebuild defence and economic ties.
Putin wished Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi victory in Egypt’s presidential elections later this year.
“I know that you, Mr Defence Minister, have decided to run for President of Egypt,” Putin said receiving Field Marshall el-Sissi and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy at his country residence near Moscow on Thursday.
“It’s a very responsible decision… I wish you success both from myself personally and from the Russian people, ” he added.
The Egyptian ministers arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for a second 2+2 meeting with their Russian counterparts. The first meeting took place in November.