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Egypt's army chief of staff in Saudi Arabia for joint military talks

Egypt's army is also part of a Saudi-led military coalition that has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen since early 2015

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Aug 2016
Mahmoud Hegazy
File Photo of Egypt's chief of staff Mahmoud Hegazy. (Photo: Courtesy of Egyptian military spokesperson Mohamed Samir)
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Egypt's armed forces Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy flew to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Monday on a multi-day visit aimed at bolstering military cooperation between the two Arab allies.

Hegazy is heading a delegation of  top Egyptian military officials to conduct talks of mutual interests between the armed forces of the two countries with Saudi counterparts during the seventh session of Saudi-Egyptian joint military committee, a statement by Egypt's military said.

Saudi Arabia has emerged as a key backer of Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi since the 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The oil-rich kingdom has pumped billions of dollars in aid and investment into Egypt to help prop up its ailing economy.

Earlier this year, Cairo participated in a 20-nation military drill in the Gulf, which was organised by Saudi Arabia and billed as the biggest-ever in the region.

In July 2015, Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a pact aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two countries.

Egypt has also been taking part part of a Saudi-led military coalition -- that includes Bahrain and Qatar -- that has been battling Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015. 

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