World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour on Saturday received a phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin during which the Russian leader expressed full support for Egypt and its interim administration, the Egyptian Presidency said.
Putin said "Russia seeks to develop bilateral relations with Egypt in all fields," including infrastructure, economy, investment, trade, industrialization and military and security cooperation, according to a statement issued by the Presidency.
He also voiced hope that Russian-Egyptian relations "would return their strength" in an atmosphere of "mutual respect and non-interference".
Mansour, for his part, reiterated that Egypt is keen to have strong relations with all effective international players, the statement said.
According to the statement, the interim president lauded Russia's support for Egypt and the will of its people during what he described the current "critical juncture".
Relations between Egypt and Russia have acquired a marked boost following the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi in July.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Egypt on Thursday, on the first high-level Russian visit to Egypt since Morsi's overthrow.
Media reports said that Cairo and Moscow were mulling a $4 billion arms sale.
If it goes through, the deal will be the largest since late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat cancelled a major arms deal with the then Soviet Union in 1977.Last Mod: 16 Kasım 2013, 15:20