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On first foreign visit as Egypt president, Morsi has 'successful discussions' with Saudi royals
On his first international visit, President Morsi discusses strengthening commercial ties with the Islamic kingdom's royal family, before travelling to Mecca Thursday to perform Umrah rituals
Ahram Online, Thursday 12 Jul 2012
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President Morsi in Jeddah
President Morsi in Umrah fatigue with Nasr Zaalouk, Ahram Arabic Daily's reporter, in Jeddah (Photo: Ahram)

President Mohamed Morsi headed to Mecca to begin the Umrah (Lesser) pilgrimage late Wednesday evening after concluding "successful discussions" with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Bin Abdel-Aziz and Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdel-Aziz.          

In the meeting with the Saudi royal family, the president reportedly talked about increasing Saudi Arabia's investment in Egypt and creating more employment opportunities for Egyptians in the oil-rich kingdom.

Morsi also addressed the land bridge problem, seeing the geographical link as key to increasing commerce and investment exchange between the two Arab countries.  

The Crown Prince, for his part, proposed more frequent visits between Saudi and Egyptian officials and businessmen, after the new Egyptian government is formed, in order to support all levels of investment.

They also discussed how best to facilitate the important pilgrimages to key Islamic sites in Saudi.  

Both sides agreed on supporting cooperation between Arab nations and strengthening the role of the Arab League in the region.

Yasser Ali, spokesman for the president, described the meeting as one conducted with "understanding and friendliness" and  highlighted the bond between the two countries which, he said, are looking forward to a productive collaboration in the future.   

Ali added that, in light of the country's newfound political stability following the election of President Morsi, Egypt will continue to attract Arab and foreign investment.

After the meeting, the president and his wife travelled from Jeddah to Mecca in a convoy of 30 cars for the Umrah ritual. Morsi and his entourage performed Al-Fagr (dawn) prayers in Mecaa's Grand Mosque.

The visit to Saudi Arabia was the first official presidential overseas trip after Morsi was sworn in as Egypt's head of state on 30 June 2012.



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Ibrahim
13-07-2012 02:33am
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So now we go beg Saudi Arabia
The usual begging from the suadies? very sick & a window of what's to come, the biggest BROWN nose ever Mr morsi.
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Muhammad Khan
12-07-2012 09:59pm
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Historic Chance of Cementing Arab Unity
Undoubtedly President Mursi's visit to Saudi Arabia and talks with King Abduallah would help the two countries to form solid partnership but it also gives the chance to every Arab Man and Woman to dream for Arab Unity.Jajkallah.
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Muhammad Khan
12-07-2012 09:59pm
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Historic Chance of Cementing Arab Unity
Undoubtedly President Mursi's visit to Saudi Arabia and talks with King Abduallah would help the two countries to form solid partnership but it also gives the chance to every Arab Man and Woman to dream for Arab Unity.Jajkallah.
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mohammad khan
12-07-2012 07:35pm
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morsi a man of century
a leader of ummah
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Ihsan
12-07-2012 05:46pm
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Morsi visits Saudi
This visit reflects the depth a the struggle that needs to be undertaken against the Ikhwan. How can a revolutionary make his first visit to the seat of opposition to the "Arab Spring"? As long as activists work on the ground and sharpen their own programmes they will weaken the Ikhwan. These are people who want to show that they are good Islamists.
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zaki
12-07-2012 06:47pm
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Morsi visits Saudi
Ihsan, you should be realistic. Egypt needs every effort to feed all its people. Not just middle class. It is an strategic move to go to Saudi Arabia to have some support from Kings. Even though those Kings are against the revolution. Those visciou kings should not go aginst the new Egyptina regime. The support form anywhere is needed at this jucture. Ihope Egypt gets through with this very difficult situation.
Abdelghani
12-07-2012 06:33pm
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Really or this is another slander? Anyway what is wrong with the visit?
The meeting with the Saudi King is the official. This a visit of the Egyptian Head of State to the Saudi Head of state.Both Heads and States have to respect and observe reltaed International Protocol. The official delegation's expanses is to be taken up by the tax-payer. The Umrah and the Ziarah to Medinah is Mursi's private arrangement. That should be from his own private expanses. The 30-car entourage again can be made up of expatriate Egyptians who are now in Saudi. Expanses beyond that covering for the President's Official Delegation can be querried. It should be transparent unlike during the era of Mubarak.
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TH
12-07-2012 04:03pm
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wake Up
the country is falling apart. No security. No education system. No foreign investment. No jobs. Etc,etc,etc The 1st thing this president does is go against the law and call back parliament to appease his benefactors, the Brotherhood. The second things is that he goes to do a Umrah with tax payers' money. A thirty car entourage ! God help us .
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Abdelghani
12-07-2012 06:16pm
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Tax-Payers's money? Are you certain or this is a slander?
There are several thousands of Egyptian Expatriate in Saudi. The entorage could be made up of these expatriates, using their own funds. What is wrong with that?
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Basheer
12-07-2012 03:10pm
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First Lady does not want to be called "First Lady"
The respected First Lady is a very humble person and declined to be called "First Lady". She is happy to be called the President's wife. If ALL First ladies in the world were this humble then the world will be a much better place.......
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Karim
12-07-2012 02:35pm
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This travel on whom expense? The state is paying for his pilgrimage??
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Abdelghani
13-07-2012 09:26am
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Keep up the querries. Keep Morsi on his toes!
Really or this is just another querry or a slander? You have every right to raise it. There is nothing wrong with combining the Official Visit of the President of Egypt with the Umrah which should be two seperate exercises, in so far as the expanses are concerned. President Musrsi's Umrah and Ziarah to Medianh bit should be covered through his personal/private expanses/non-tax payers' money. The President's Official Delegation is to meet the Head of State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The official delegation's expanses should be taken up by the State. The 30-car entourage to Medinah again can be made up of expatriate Egyptians who are now in Saudi Arabia. They should cover their own expanses. It should be transparent unlike during the era of Mubarak. Try the Morsi-meter test. The President has refused to take up residence in Mubarak's Palace, preferingbnhis own Private Residence. If he can be meticulous here why should it not be expected that he is so in the case of the Saudi Arabia
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Noora
12-07-2012 01:59pm
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Maybe not disrespect after all?
From news reports I have read, President Morsi's wife said she did NOT want to be referred to as "The First Lady". Maybe no disrespect was intended and they were just honoring her wish? God bless them both.
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Snake
12-07-2012 01:27pm
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here we go again!
Morsi has already heaped praise on the Saudi king! What a hypocrite! He didn’t say a word on the Egyptians detained in the oppressive oil-rich kingdom. He’s only stuck to his mission, which is to proclaim allegiance to king Abdullah who in return shall be generous with him and the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi and the Brotherhood are not so different from the former regime; they might even turn out to be worse!!!
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Abdelghani
12-07-2012 06:40pm
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King Abdullah is the Sovereign Head of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Whatever the world feel about it King Abdullah is the Sovereign Head of the KSA. As is Assad until he is deposed as Mubarak was when he was still the President of Egypt. Mursi is the Egyptian President before the whole world. He is not there to represnet the MB.

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