Egypt, Saudi Arabia issue joint statement emphasising shared views of regional issues

Ahram Online , Tuesday 8 Mar 2022

Egypt and Saudi Arabia issued a joint statement emphasising their shared stances on a number of regional issues including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Middle East peace process and the situation in Yemen, Sudan and Lebanon.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud, receives Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Riyadh
Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud, receives Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Riyadh - SPA

The statement was released following a short visit by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to Riyadh on Tuesday where he met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

Saudi Arabia asserts its full support for Egyptian water security as part of Arab water security. They also encourage Ethiopia to abandon its uniliteral policies in accordance with the international laws and agreements including the 2015 Nile Declaration of Principles.

The statement added that Ethiopia should cooperate with Egypt and Sudan without any delay to reach a legally binding agreement concerning the filling and operation policies of the GERD in accordance with the presidential statement issued by the UN Security Council in September of last year.


Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia are committed to continuing their efforts to find a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis based on the Gulf initiative, the outcomes of the Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference and UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

Both countries welcomed the resolution which characterised the Houthi militia as a terrorist group and expanded the embargo on the delivery of weapons to Yemen to encompass all Houthi militias.


Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia continue to support reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in accordance with international laws, related international resolutions and the Arab Peace initiative that includes a two-state solution with an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

They also stressed the importance of international efforts in providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.

Freedom of maritime navigation in Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea

Egypt and Saudi Arabia condemned the attempts by Houthi militias to threaten the security and safety of navigation in the Arabian Gulf, Bab Al-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea, stressing the importance of freedom of maritime navigation in those areas.

Both counties say that there is a need to address any threats in those areas as they considered a threat to regional and international security and stability.

The two countries agreed that the Houthi militia's possession of substantial military capabilities cannot be overlooked, as it is a direct threat to the security of Saudi Arabia and the countries of the region.


Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia agree on the necessity of safeguarding Libya’s unity and stability while supporting efforts to reach a political solution that is agreeable to all parties. The statement also encouraged Libyan parties to work together and move towards the future without any outside interference.

Both countries appreciate the role of the Libyan House of Representatives as being the elected legislative body, representing Libyan people, and entrusted with enacting laws, granting legitimacy to the executive authority and exercising its oversight role.

The two countries also stress the need for foreign forces, mercenaries and foreign fighters to leave Libya within a specific time frame in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2570 and the outcomes of the Paris Summit and the Second Berlin Conference.

They also stressed the need for the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee to continue its work and called on all parties to stop military actions in order to preserve the country’s security and stability.


Egypt and Saudi Arabia are keen to maintain the Arab identity, security, stability and unity of Lebanon. They also stress their continuing efforts aimed at supporting Lebanese state institutions. Egypt and Saudi Arabia support Lebanon carrying out necessary reforms to ensure that it overcomes its crisis and does not serve as a haven for terrorist groups or drug trafficking.


Egypt and Saudi Arabia reiterated the importance of reaching a political solution to the crisis in Syria that fulfils the aspirations of the Syrian people and safeguard Syria’s unity and territories.

Both countries believe there is a need to limit intervention in Syria and support the efforts of the UN special envoy for Syria.


Egypt and Saudi Arabia expressed their aspiration for the formation of an Iraqi government that will continue working for the security, stability and development of the country while eliminating terrorism and stopping foreign interference in its internal affairs.


Egypt and Saudi Arabia affirm their continuing support for the success of the transition process in a way that contributes to the safeguarding of the political and economic gains in Sudan. Both countries asserted the importance of dialogue between Sudanese parties and praised at the same time the role of the UN and the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) to facilitate the dialogue.


Egypt and Saudi Arabia stated there is a need to support security and stability in Afghanistan and not to let it turn into a safe haven for terrorists and extremists, stressing the need to continue international efforts to combat terrorism.

The two countries expressed the importance of supporting relief efforts and humanitarian work in Afghanistan.

Expo 2030 in Saudi Arabia

Egypt declares its full support to Saudi Arabia in its quest to host Expo 2030, the proposed world’s fair whose location has yet to be chosen.

Short link: