Egypt's Sisi stresses need to accomplish goals of Saudi king's Cairo visit

Ahram Online , Monday 5 Sep 2016

El-Sisi and Mohamed Bin Salman
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) and Saudi's Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman (L) in a meeting in the sidelines of the G20 summit in China (Photo Courtesy of Egypt's Presidency)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed the importance of realising the outcomes of Saudi King Salman's visit to Egypt earlier this year, during his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China.

During the historic visit in April, both Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a number of economic and political agreements, including a maritime border demarcation agreement that placed two Red Sea islands, Tiran and Sanafir, under Saudi sovereignty. The agreement sparked immediate controversy and is being challenged in Egyptian courts. 

In an official statement by the president's office, spokesman Alaa Youssef said that El-Sisi said accomplishing the goals of the visit would contribute to bolstering the ongoing partnership between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, allowing both countries to overcome challenges that face the Arab nation.

Youssef added that Prince Salman delivered King Salman's greetings to El-Sisi, affirming Saudi Arabia's keenness on continued cooperation with Egypt at all levels.

The Saudi crown prince said both countries would continue coordinating over different regional and international issues.

According to the spokesman, the meeting between both officials witnessed discussions related to bilateral relations, as well as an exchange of points of view over the overall situations and developments in countries of crisis in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia has been one of the most important backers of Egypt since the ousting of president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, providing Egypt with billions of dollars in aid.

During an interview last week, El-Sisi said Egypt's relationship with Gulf countries cannot be reduced to financial aid only, adding that Arab states need to deal with one another more positively and to work on unity.

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