Egypt's Sisi en route to Moscow for first time since Morsi's oust

Published February 12th, 2014 - 10:53 GMT

Egypt's military chief  Abdel Fattah El Sisi is en route to Moscow in what is considered a "rare visit by Cairo's top commander," according to the Associated Press Wednesday.

This is the first time that El Sisi has visited Russia since the oust of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's oust last July.

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy will accompany Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El Sisi on his trip, according to Military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali.

Russian leaders have been attempting to "expand their influence" in Egypt, even visiting Cairo in a key visit last November to promote better ties between the two nations.

Reports have circulated that Sisi will announce his run for the presidency any minute now, with the latest commentary coming from veteran Egyptian diplomat Amr Moussa who said that the military chief will confirm his participation in the presidential election "in the near future" Tuesday.

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