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Egyptian president says Russia and Egypt have agreed to build nuclear power plant together

  • In this image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, exchanges an assault rifle with Russian President Vladimir Putin upon his arrival at the Cairo International Airport in Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Putin arrived in Cairo on Monday to meet his Egyptian counterpart, with both sides eager to strengthen ties and show both have options outside of the West to pursue their goals. The visit, the first by Putin to Egypt in a decade, is largely symbolic, analysts say. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

    In this image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, exchanges an assault rifle with Russian President Vladimir Putin upon his arrival at the Cairo International Airport in Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Putin arrived in Cairo on Monday to meet his Egyptian counterpart, with both sides eager to strengthen ties and show both have options outside of the West to pursue their goals. The visit, the first by Putin to Egypt in a decade, is largely symbolic, analysts say. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin upon his arrival at the Cairo International Airport in Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Putin arrived in Cairo on Monday to meet his Egyptian counterpart, with both sides eager to strengthen ties and show both have options outside of the West to pursue their goals. The visit, the first by Putin to Egypt in a decade, is largely symbolic, analysts say. (AP Photo/Ahmed Fouad, Egyptian Presidency)

    In this image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin upon his arrival at the Cairo International Airport in Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Putin arrived in Cairo on Monday to meet his Egyptian counterpart, with both sides eager to strengthen ties and show both have options outside of the West to pursue their goals. The visit, the first by Putin to Egypt in a decade, is largely symbolic, analysts say. (AP Photo/Ahmed Fouad, Egyptian Presidency)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, walks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Putin arrived in Cairo on Monday to meet his Egyptian counterpart, with both sides eager to strengthen ties and show both have options outside of the West to pursue their goals. The visit, the first by Putin to Egypt in a decade, is largely symbolic, analysts say. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

    In this image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, walks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Putin arrived in Cairo on Monday to meet his Egyptian counterpart, with both sides eager to strengthen ties and show both have options outside of the West to pursue their goals. The visit, the first by Putin to Egypt in a decade, is largely symbolic, analysts say. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)  (The Associated Press)

Egypt's president says Egypt and Russia have agreed to build a nuclear power plant together and that officials from both countries have signed a memorandum of understanding on the project.

Tuesday's announcement by Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi came during a joint press conference in Cairo with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

El-Sissi also says the two nations signed agreements to improve natural gas business and investment. He says they also agreed to create a Russian industrial zone along the Suez Canal.

Both Putin and el-Sissi have been eager to show they have options outside of the West to pursue their goals.

Much pageantry has surrounded Putin's lavish two-day state visit, meant to strengthen mutual ties. State and private television channels are broadcasting a stream of images of the two presidents' events.