United by a deep hostility toward Islamists, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi & Russia's Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday they were both committed to fighting the threat of terrorism. The general & the former KGB officer found common ground on security at talks in Cairo that signaled a rapprochement between their two countries, at a time when relations between Egypt & the United States have cooled.
Sisi, who is fighting a raging Islamist insurgency in the Sinai region, said Putin had agreed with him that "the challenge of terrorism that faces Egypt & which Russia also faces, does not stop at any borders".
Putin , on his first state visit to Egypt in a decade , said they agreed on "reinforcing our efforts in combating terrorism". The Kremlin chief was the first leader of a major power to visit Egypt since former army chief Sisi became president in 2014, having toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi the previous year after mass protests against his rule.
Sisi has repeatedly called for concerted counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East & the West. Egypt has fought Islamist militancy for decades, mostly through security crackdowns that have weakened, but failed to eliminate, radical groups. Egypt & the Soviet Union were close allies until the 1970s when Cairo moved closer to the United States, which brokered its 1979 peace deal with Israel. That relationship cooled after the army's overthrow of Mursi, which prompted Washington to suspend some military aid. Sisi has since opened up to Moscow, describing Russia on Tuesday as a "strategic friend".
Putin, facing Western isolation & sanctions over his support for pro-Russian separatists in neighboring Ukraine, received a grand welcome in Cairo, where his portrait & the Russian tricolour were predominantly displayed.
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PROPHECY INSIGHTS - Russian president Vladimir Putin has flown to Cairo for a two-day visit , in a move aimed at bolstering bilateral ties with Egypt that also allows both countries to send pointed messages to the US. Putin is expected to hold discussions about ending the use of the US dollar in bilateral trade between Egypt & Russia. Collaboration between a Russian & Egyptian newspaper is also reported to be scheduled for discussion. Egypt’s flagship state newspaper printed a long feature about Putin that called him “ a hero of our era ”. Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived in Egypt to a hero’s welcome. The Financial Times reported the following in relation to this visit…” The visit is the latest sign of Russia attempting to reassert its commercial & strategic interests in the Middle East, an agenda that has included bolstering support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.” This is indeed a sign of Russia asserting itself in the Middle East. Putin is very interested in this area. Egypt over the last 40 years has been an ally of America but Putin wants to weaken US influence in the world & seeks to strengthen ties with countries like Egypt. In Daniel Ch.11 it says that Russia will sweep down through Israel into Egypt. But we also read of this in Isaiah 19. We are told a ' fierce king ' will one day rule over Egypt. The word ' fierce ' is also used in Daniel 8 . . . of the same fierce ' latter day ' king.
Isaiah 19v4 - And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord ( Mohammed Morsi ) ... & a ' fierce king ' ( Vladimir Putin ) shall rule over them , saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts.
Daniel 8v23 - And in the latter time of their kingdom , when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of ' fierce ' countenance & understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
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