President El-Sisi to hold informal talks with Putin

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is scheduled to hold informal talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, focusing on various joint projects between the two countries.

El-Sisi is on a three-day visit to Russia.

The Egyptian president will also hold talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, “to discuss the state and prospects of developing bilateral trade and economic cooperation with an emphasis on large-scale joint projects in energy, industry, agriculture and other spheres,” the Russian government’s press service said.

“This is a very efficient format of communication, which enables the heads of state to discuss the most topical issues in private before the official talks,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Also on Tuesday, President El-Sisi will address Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, in what Egypt’s state news agency said would be the first time a foreign president had addressed the council.

The two presidents are expected to sign a raft of agreements after their meeting.