Putin, Al-Sisi discuss Middle East settlement and resumption of air traffic

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed on Tuesday over the phone the latest updates in the Middle East region, state news agency MENA reported.

“They continued to exchange views on the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa, including the issues of resolving the crises in Syria and Libya,” the Kremlin press service said.

Al-Sisi expressed condolences to Vladimir Putin on the crash of Russia’s Tu-154 aircraft in the Black Sea.

Putin and Al-Sisi have also discussed plans to resume regular flights between Moscow and Cairo in the near future.

The phone call took place on the initiative of the Egyptian party.

“They touched upon some relevant issues of the Russian-Egyptian cooperation, first of all the resumption of regular flight connection between Moscow and Cairo in the near future,” according to the statement.

Also on Tuesday, Putin phoned Qatar’s Emir Tamim, relaying Russia’s view that the split between Qatar a number of other Arab countries should be solved through political dialogue, MENA reported.