Sisi, Putin pledge to boost ties on BRICS sidelines

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-04 19:51:04|Editor: An

CAIRO, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Monday on the sidelines of the 9th BRICS summit being held in China's Xiamen City, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported.

The two leaders discussed boosting bilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest.

Meanwhile, Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov said he will report to the two presidents during their meeting that the Egyptian side has gone to considerable lengths to intensify aviation and transport security measures in airports, particularly in Cairo International Airport.

"Having studied the security situation in Terminal 2 of the Cairo International Airport, our experts gave a positive assessment of what they had seen," Sokolov was quoted by Russian Tass news agency as saying.

In October 2015, a Russian plane crashed in Egypt's Sinai, killing over 200, mostly Russians.

The security concerns led many foreign countries, including Russia and Britain, to ban their citizens from visiting the country.

Earlier in the day, President Sisi addressed a session organized by the BRICS summit on the positive developments of the Egyptian economy.

The session was attended by a host of businessmen representing the BRICS member states.

Sisi arrived in Xiamen on Sunday to take part in the BRICS summit upon an invitation by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The BRICS group comprises the large fast-growing nations Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

During the summit, China will hold the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries, where leaders of Egypt, Guinea, Mexico, Tajikistan and Thailand will join the BRICS leaders to discuss global development cooperation and South-South cooperation.