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Saudi's King Salman to address Egypt's parliament on Sunday

King Salman bin Abdelaziz's speech to parliament will not be aired live

Gamal Essam El-Din , Saturday 9 Apr 2016
Sisi and Salman
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, right, sits with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Cairo, Egypt (AP)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdelaziz is scheduled to deliver a speech before Egypt's parliament on Sunday amid tight security measures.
 
The secretary-general of the parliamentary administration, Ahmed Saad El-Din, said the king's speech, "the first of its kind in Egypt's 150-year-old parliamentary history", would begin at 12pm, but would not be televised live.
 
"It will be recorded and then aired later," he said.
 
Saad El-Din said tight security measures were being instituted ahead of the king's visit. "No cars will be allowed in any way to enter parliament or the street leading to the building," he said.
 
The monarch will hold a meeting first with parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al and spokesmen of most of the political forces in the House of Representatives, before giving his address to a plenary session in the attendance of MPs, who will not have access to their phones during the session.
 
A number of world leaders have visited Egypt's new parliament since it held its first session on 10 January. They included the presidents of China and of Macedonia and speakers from other parliaments, notably that of Russia and the United States.
 
The Saudi monarch is visiting Cairo for five days, arriving on Friday.
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