Russian President Vladimir Putin travels to Cairo for meetings with Egyptian president

Egypt says Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive soon in Cairo for meetings with his Egyptian counterpart.

The office of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says in a statement that Putin will be accompanied by several high-level Russian officials and government ministers on the two-day visit.

It added that both leaders would attend a ceremony Tuesday where several agreements would be signed, although it did not elaborate on the nature of the agreements.

Putin last visited Egypt in 2005, when long-term autocrat Hosni Mubarak was still in power. Mubarak was toppled in 2011.

El-Sissi visited Russia last August to focus on boosting trade and military cooperation. Both countries have signaled their desire to expand ties.

Following those talks, Putin said Russia started supplying weapons to Egypt, but gave no details.