CAIRO, November 24. /TASS/. Russia and Egypt can conduct anti-terrorist exercises besides naval maneuvers, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday at the second meeting of the Russian-Egyptian military-technical cooperation commission.
The Defense Ministry "seeks to further develop relations between the armed forces of Russia and Egypt in all spheres in the interests of our countries’ security," Shoigu said.
According to him, joint exercises are among the most significant types of military cooperation. We propose to add anti-terrorist exercises to our joint maneuvers, including naval, the minister said.
According to Shoigu, Russia’s military-technical cooperation with Egypt has satisfactory positive dynamics in all spheres - aviation, navy, air defense and ground forces.
"Egypt has been and remains Russia’s strategic partner in North Africa and the Middle East," the minister said.
"We are determined to continue effective cooperation with Egypt in the political, economic and, of course, military and military-technical spheres," Shoigu said.
Russia supports the Egyptian leadership’s efforts in the fight against terrorism, and the main task today is to consolidate efforts in combating this evil, Russian Defense Minister went on to say.
"We support the sustained efforts of the Egyptian leadership in the fight against terrorism, including steps to normalise the situation in Sinai. We are confident that the neutralisation of extremist and terrorist groups acting both on the peninsula and throughout the Egyptian territory meets the interests of not only Egyptians, but also citizens of all countries in the region," Shoigu said in Cairo on Tuesday at the second meeting of the joint Russian-Egyptian military-technical cooperation commission.
He said that "the main task today is to consolidate efforts in the fight against terrorism."
Ahead of the commission meeting, Shoigu held talks with President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Minister of Defence and Military Industry, Chairman of the Supreme Military Council of Egypt Sedki Sobhi Sayyid Ahmed.