Egypt’s president in Saudi Arabia to attend Jeddah summit

Ahram Online , Saturday 16 Jul 2022

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived on Saturday in Saudi Arabia to attend the Jeddah Security and Development Summit, which brings together the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and the United States.

Sisi, bin Salman
This handout image released by the Saudi press Agency (SPA) shows Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) receiving Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) at al-Salman Palace in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on July 15, 2022 a day ahead of the GCC 3 summit. AFP


Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received El-Sisi upon his arrival at Jeddah International Airport.

During his visit, El-Sisi will hold a number of bilateral meetings with the leaders participating in the Jeddah summit to discus relations and the latest regional and international developments.

The Arab-US summit scheduled for today is expected to tackle regional issues of concern and mechanisms of enhancing joint work to achieve stability in the region, especially in the fields of the economy, food security, energy and water.

El-Sisi will hold a summit Saturday with US President Joe Biden, who arrived in Jeddah on Friday in his first Middle East tour as president, a tour that started with Israel, a White House source told media earlier.

Biden held a meeting on Friday with bin Salman, during which they reaffirmed their commitment to a stable global energy market amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis, according to a joint communique.

The two leaders agreed on the need for stopping Iran’s interference in the region and support to terrorism and preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Biden also affirmed the US’s continued commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia’s security and territorial defense.

They also discussed regional and international issues, including Ukraine, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Ukraine, Sudan, Afghanistan and Israeli-Palestinian issues.

On the sidelines of their meeting, the Saudi and US sides signed 18 agreements and memorandums of understanding in the fields of energy, investment, communications, space and health.

Bliden became the first US president to fly to Jeddah directly from Tel Aviv after Saudi Arabia had announced opening its airspace to all airlines, including commercial flights flying to and from Israel. Biden's trip is seen as a sign of warming Saudi-Israeli ties.

During his two-day visit, Biden will seek to integrate Israel into a new axis largely driven by concerns regarding Iran, a senior US administration official was quoted by Reuters on Saturday as saying.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Biden also plans to ensure that “there is not a vacuum in the Middle East for China and Russia to fill.”

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