Russia is interested in Egypt’s leadership on strengthening regional security in North Africa and aims to develop a full scope of bilateral relations, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier this week.
“We are interested in Cairo’s leading position in strengthening regional security and stability in North Africa. We aim to further consistently develop relations between the Russian and Egyptian Armed Forces in all fields to maintain our countries’ security,” Shoigu said at the third joint military and technical cooperation commission.
Egypt’s Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi said his delegation’s visit “confirms the results of cooperation between the political leadership of the two countries and the result of your visit to Egypt, as well as our common desire to achieve a new breakthrough in this important stage of strategic cooperation.”
Meanwhile, Egypt plans to finalize the signing of a raft of contracts to build its first nuclear power plant by the end of this year, the nation’s President Abdel Fattah Sisi recently told newspapers.
The 1,000-megawatt power station in northern Egypt’s El Dabaa will be built and serviced by Russia. An intergovernmental deal to this effect was signed last November. TWITTER Russia’s Rosatom Plans to Test Innovative Energy-Efficient Nuclear Fuel “The final contract to build a power station in El Dabaa will be signed this year,” President Sisi was quoted as saying in an interview with local media by Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.
Russia’s state nuclear authority Rosatom said last May they had agreed a contract on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and had moved into the final stage on deals involving nuclear fuel deliveries for the duration of the power plant’s operation as well as a back-end pact on its decommissioning and were still working on a service agreement.