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Saudi recalls ambassador from Egypt, closes embassy in response to protests

Saudi Arabia closes its embassy and consulates in Egypt, recalls ambassador following 'Free Gizawi' protests in front of Kindgom's Cairo embassy

Ahram Online, Saturday 28 Apr 2012
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Demonstration in solidarity with Ahmed El-Gizawy at Saudi Arabia embassy in Cairo, 24 April, 2012 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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According to the Saudi Press Agency, an official Saudi source stated on Saturday that Saudi Arabia had decided to withdraw its ambassador from Egypt, close its embassy and consulates from Egypt.

The decision came as a result of the "unjustified" protests, which took place in front of the Kingdom's embassy in Cairo, and attempts to storm it threatened the safety of its employees, from both Saudi and Egyptian nationals. The demonstrators carried hostile slogans that infringe upon the sanctity of the Saudi diplomatic mission in Egypt violating international norms and laws, stated the Saudi official source to SPA.

As demonstrators attempted to disrupt the work of the Saudi embassy and consulates, including its efforts to facilitate the travel of Egyptian workers and pilgrims, the government of Saudi Arabia has decided to recall its ambassador for consultations and close its embassy in Cairo and its consulates in Alexandria and Suez, the Saudi source added.

For his part, the head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi has called Saudi Arabia to discuss Saturday's "surprise" move to close the embassy and recall its ambassador, according to MENA, Egypt's state news agency. Tantawi explained that he had learned about Saudi Arabia's decision from Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr while he was in the middle of a meeting with political parties and movements dicussing the constituent assembly. 

Egyptians have been protesting against the Kingdom at its embassy in Cairo calling for the release of lawyer Ahmed El-Gizawi and denouncing the mistreatment of Egyptians in the oil rich country. El-Gizawi was detained for reportedly "defaming the king," after he filed a lawsuit in a South Cairo court against Saudi monarch King Abdullah Bin Abdel Aziz Al-Saud on behalf of Egyptians currently languishing in the Kingdom's prisons without charge.

Following reports that El-Gizawi had recieved a one year prison sentence and a punishment of 20 lashes, Kindgom officials denied these claims, stating that the Egyptian lawyer was arrested by Saudi authorities after being found in possession of more than 21,000 pills of anti-depressant drug Xanax, trade in which is proscribed in the Kingdom.

This article was corrected at 7pm to include the Saudi version of Ahmed El-Gizawi's arrest.

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Free Lady
29-04-2012 07:52am
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Drug Dealer?
How a human rights activist termed to be drug dealer? How he passed through Egyptian security system to carry 21000 pills in milk packets carrying in his hands? More over he is using Umrah for his illicit activity ? Any one in Egypt will buy this lie? Egyptians are not deaf and dumb to believe it. It would be better if Saudis come clean and tell the truth. We need to be clear there are no other political motives behind this move to pressurize present government. Pulling out embassy and consulate staff from country cant be justified for mere protests in front of Saudi consulate. Egypt is surrounded by Hawks in this sensitive period. They are trying to turn the revolution in their interest not in favor of Egyptians.
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Abdo Allah
28-04-2012 07:18pm
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Mistreatment of the skilled Egyptian
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is racist and does not respect the Egyptian skilled workers and educated personnel who made Saudi Arabia what it is today. Since have no appreciation or respect for all the great efforts of the Egyptians, the Egyptian government should direct their skills to work and benefit Egypt. Saudi Arabia underpays Egyptians and spends liberally on the Americans and the Western countries. After all, Saudi Arabia is part of the Islamic Umma, and every Muslim should have the right to share the GOD given Oil Wealth.
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