CAIRO, February 8. /TASS/. Egypt highly appreciates Russia’s support and wants to build closer relations on the basis on the experience the two countries already have, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in an exclusive interview with TASS Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Egypt.
"The Egyptians appreciate Russia’s support to Egypt, especially if we speak about enterprises it built, such as the Aswan Dam, textile factories, a metallurgical works, and its military assistance. This is what is remembered by the Egyptians," he said. "In the recent months, of special importance has been President Putin’s position, when he supported Cairo in anti-terrorism efforts. He understands the real state of things in our country - so, our further relations should be built on such understanding."
Russia, according to the Egyptian president, once helped Egypt and further cooperation between the two countries is to be built on the basis of the experience the two countries already have. "The more so as we have many possibilities for investments not only in the military sphere but in other areas as well," he said. Thus, in his words, the area of the construction of the new Suez Canal is seen as attractive in terms of investment. Further on, industrial and logistics zones have been and are being established in Egypt. The country is building cities and implementing energy projects. Taking into account Egypt’s geographical location and labour resources, el-Sisi underscored, his country may be a stepping stone for an economic revival and mutual trade not only with countries of Africa and the Gulf but with European countries as well - developed countries have enormous possibilities for successful launch of free industrial zones in Egypt, which will help them gain a foothold on an enormous market.
"Stability has always been a distinctive feature of the Egyptian-Russian relations. And at this stage, we would like to give them a fresh impetus to promote closer cooperation between Egypt and Russia. President Putin’s visit confirms these aspirations of both Cairo and Moscow," the Egyptian leader said.
According to the Egyptian president, dialogue between Moscow and Cairo "is characterized by objectiveness and logic." "We have mutual understanding on various regional problems, such as anti-terrorism efforts," he said. "We have similar views on bilateral cooperation between our states." Egypt, he noted, is interested in cooperation with the entire world. "And in this connection, we must exert maximum efforts to reach our goals and make our dreams come true. And, what is important, your president shares aspirations of our people and spares no effort to make progress in this direction," el-Sisi underscored.
The Egyptian president said he considered his Russian counterpart an "outstanding person." "Putin has done much for Russia in the 15 years of his being at the top state positions. He has to confront many challenges, but he is a strong man and produces a strong impression," el-Sisi said. "Russia has done much for Egypt. We believe in it and want your country to live in prosperity and security."
/The interview will be aired by the Russia-24 television channel. The full text will be published in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily and on TASS website/.