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CAIRO, may 29. /TASS/. Russia is interested in the leading position of Egypt in the issues of strengthening security and stability in the middle East and North Africa, said the head of the defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu at the talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sidqi Subhi.

“The Arab Republic of Egypt is an important strategic partner of Russia in North Africa and the middle East. We are interested in a leadership position of Cairo in the issues of strengthening regional security and stability,” – said Shoigu.

According to him, the Russian defense Ministry aims to “further progress in relations” with the Egyptian military. “We note with satisfaction that Egypt seeks to use the equipment for the national armed forces with modern armament and military equipment of the Russian production”, – said the Minister .

“For its part, he said, is strive to offer our Egyptian friends the most interesting projects in the field of military-technical cooperation”.

Thanks to the leaders of Russia and Egypt, said Shoigu, bilateral relations “is seen in clear rise, there is a steady positive dynamics of development of cooperation in the military sphere”. “Through regular meetings of the presidents we coordinate and adjust our work”, – said the head of the defense Ministry.

He said that the military authorities of the two countries intensify work in the sphere of training of military exchange aimed at increasing the number of joint exercises. Shoigu also invited a colleague to participate in military – technical forum “Army-2017” and the international Army games.

In the Egyptian defense Ministry following the meeting said that the parties agreed on “the need for coordination and international cooperation to combat terrorism and extremism, which in the modern world threaten the stability and security of all States”. Subhi, told the defense Ministry of Egypt, praised Russia’s efforts to counter terrorism and support for Cairo in its fight against extremist groups.

“They discussed aspects of cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries, in particular in the field of military training, weapons, exchange of information and experience and training of the Egyptian military in some areas,” – said in a statement the Egyptian authorities.

The talks “2 + 2” in Cairo

As previously reported, Minister of foreign Affairs and the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu arrived in Cairo for negotiations in the format “2 plus 2” with the Egyptian colleagues. Of Ministers adopted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia said that the Egyptian leader reaffirmed his desire for a strategic partnership with Moscow.