Russian, Egyptian presidents discuss conditions for flights resumption

Presidents "agreed to continue bilateral communications on various levels"

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi spoke by telephone on Monday to discuss resumption of bilateral flights, counterterrorism and the Syrian problem, the Kremlin said.

"[The leaders] noted the importance of creating all necessary conditions for the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt and tourist exchanges," a Kremlin spokesperson said.

"The Russian president informed in detail his Egyptian counterpart about efforts being made in the context of implementation of the joint statement by Russia and the United States as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group on the cessation of hostilities in that country from February 27, 2016. Putin stressed that providing conditions for the truce is a key factor to normalizing the domestic situation and improving the humanitarian situation," the Kremlin spokesperson said.

"El-Sisi praised these steps and called for a swift launch of the political process of the Syrian crisis settlement under the UN aegis. It was agreed that Russia and Egypt will continue their close cooperation within the International Syria Support Group," the spokesperson said.

"[The leaders] stressed the need for further efficient fight against international terrorists not only in Syria but also in Libya and Yemen," the spokesperson said.

"[The parties] discussed the current issues concerning the Russian-Egyptian relations and expressed their mutual determination to develop them further, including in the sphere of energy and military-technical cooperation," the spokesperson said.

The presidents "have agreed to continue bilateral communications on various levels," the spokesperson said.

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