Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Russia backs El-Sissi bid for presidency  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 14/02/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Arab News) MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday endorsed Egyptian Army chief Abdel Fattah El-Sissi’s undeclared bid to head the strife-torn North African nation as the two leaders negotiated a massive Moscow weapons deal

El-Sissi came to Moscow with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy for talks aimed at securing Russian assistance — stagnant since the late Soviet era — that could replace subsiding support from Cairo’s more recent ally Washington

Putin told El-Sissi that he fully backed Egypt’s new constitution and crucially made no mention of Cairo’s crackdown on protests or the army-backed overthrow in July of President Muhammad Mursi

“I know that you, mister defense minister, have decided to run for president of Egypt,” Putin told El-Sissi in televised remarks

“I wish you luck both from myself personally and from the Russian people.

The 59-year-old Egyptian field marshal has not officially declared his presidential ambitions but is overwhelmingly expected to run in elections likely to be held before the end of April

A Kuwaiti newspaper had quoted El-Sissi as saying last week that he felt obliged “to meet the demands of the Egyptian people” and run for head of state. The army later denied the report

El-Sissi and Fahmy had earlier on Thursday met their Russian counterparts to negotiate a 2-billion arms deal the two sides initially discussed in Cairo in November — a month after Washington suspended millions of dollars in assistance to the Egyptian Army over Mursi’s ouster

“Our visit offers a new start to the development of military and technological cooperation between Egypt and Russia,” El-Sissi told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

“We hope to speed up this cooperation,” El-Sissi said

Top officials revealed no details of Thursday’s military discussions while signalling that both sides were interested in the speedy conclusion of a deal

“It was decided to accelerate preparations on an intergovernmental agreement on military and technological cooperation,” a joint statement released by the Russian foreign ministry after the talks said



The head of Russia’s state industrial holding company had said after the Cairo meeting that Moscow was on the verge of reaching a landmark agreement to deliver air defense systems to Egypt’s army

Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov said on Nov. 18 that “some contracts with Egypt have already been signed — particularly one concerning air defense systems.

But he later clarified that he was referring only to a framework deal and not to firm delivery contracts

Moscow’s authoritative Vedomosti business daily on November 15 said the deals under discussion were worth more than 2 billion and could be financed by Saudi Arabia

Some Gulf media have reported that the United Arab Emirates — a strong Egyptian backer since Mursi’s fall — was also ready to fund a part of the purchase

The Soviet Union was the main supplier of arms to Egypt in the 1960s and early 1970s. Cooperation between the two sides dropped after Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty and Cairo began receiving generous US aid

Russia is now keen to revive those ties and Shoigu made clear on Thursday that Moscow fully supported the tough measures taken by Sissi against Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement

“We cannot but celebrate the adoption of the new Egyptian constitution,” the Russian defense minister told Sissi

“We view your efforts at achieving stability as effective.

Shoigu added that the two sides had touched on the possibility of Russia and Egypt conducting joint military exercises and the option of the North African country’s officers undergoing military training in Moscow

Some analysts said the Kremlin had sensed a weakening of Washington’s position in a vital Middle Eastern nation and was now preparing to pounce on the opportunity

“Politically, this is a very advantageous time for Russia,” said Russia in Global Affairs magazine editor Fyodor Lukyanov

“The Kremlin wants to demonstrate it is honest and open in its dealings while others like the United States are playing games.”

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Sep 28 2016 - Morocco- 10-Year-old Moroccan Boy Commits Suicide Over School SuppliesMorocco World News
(MENAFN - Morocco World News) The suicide of a ten year-old boy near the Moroccan city of Ifrane shakes social media in Morocco. A boy was found hanged using an electric wire in a small village in ...

 Sep 28 2016 - Shimon Peres, Nobel Prize Winner and Veteran of Israeli Politics, Dies at 93Morocco World News
(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Shimon Peres, the veteran Israeli statesman who shared a Nobel prize for his extensive efforts in negotiating a peace agreement with Palestine, has died on Tuesday. He ...

 Sep 28 2016 - Morocco- Police Officer's Generosity, Gives Grieving Black Man a New OutlookMorocco World News
(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Mark Ross got the call we never want to get. His 15-year-old sister was killed in a car accident. It was 3 A.M. He needed to travel from Indiana to Detroit to be with ...

 Sep 28 2016 - Egypt- Rights groups condemn treatment of detained 6 April Youth Movement coordinatorDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) criticised the detention conditions of 6 April Youth Movement coordinator Amr Ali, who was imprisoned on charges of ...

 Sep 28 2016 - Kuwait- Maternity leave for pregnant womanArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) I am working in a private clinic as a Staff Nurse. Regarding maternity leave our new supervisor says… only for the first pregnancy and delivery is the 68 days maternity leave ...

 Sep 28 2016 - Kuwait- Indemnity should be calculated by using the latest remunerationArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Can you please let me how to calculate my service indemnity. ■ Salary – KD 450. ■ Car allowance – KD75. ■ Petrol – they give me a card twice a month (KD 15 ...

 Sep 28 2016 - Kuwait- Friends matter, not interests - Stick to good in youArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Intisaar Al-Ma'touq LONG time ago, our grandfathers said, 'You are nothing if you have nothing.' Those were the good old days characterized by simplicity. At the time our ...

 Sep 28 2016 - UAE opens consulate in New York, strengthens ties with USKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The United Arab Emirates opened the UAE Consulate in New York City and appointed Majid Al-Suwaidi as Consul General. The opening ceremony was officiated by Reem Al Hashimy, ...

 Sep 28 2016 - Sharjah FDI Forum set to explore ways to boost UAE-India tiesKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Sharjah Foreign Direct Investment Forum (Sharjah FDI Forum 2016), which takes place from September 28 to 29 at the Al Jawahar Reception and Convention Centre, will host ...

 Sep 28 2016 - UAE- MidEast Watch & Jewellery Show to open this weekKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Expo Centre Sharjah will host the 41st edition of the MidEast Watch & Jewellery Show from September 27 to October 1. This will be done with the support of the Sharjah ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help