Egypt’s Sisi to meet Congolese leader Saturday, visits Saudi Arabia Sunday

Ahram Online , Saturday 22 Apr 2017

The Egyptian president will meet with the President of the DRC today before heading to Riyadh

Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
File Photo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Reuters)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is scheduled to meet with Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Cairo Saturday, and to travel to Saudi Arabia Sunday for talks with Saudi King Salman Bin Abdel-Aziz, state news agency MENA reported.

El-Sisi will meet with Kabila in Cairo’s Ittihadiya Palace and the two leaders are expected to hold a press conference afterwards.

On Sunday, El-Sisi will fly to Saudi Arabia for talks with the Saudi royal upon an invitation extended by King Salman earlier this month when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the Arab League Summit held in Jordan.

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Egypt grew last year when a mutual agreement to transfer ownership of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia met with protests and lawsuits in Egypt.

Some reports have suggested that the two countries also differ on stances towards a resolution the Syrian civil war.

There has been speculation that the alleged row over Syria stems from Riyadh's conviction that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad must be removed to put an end to the country's six-year civil war, while Cairo advocates a political solution that denies Islamist militants any future role in Syria.

However, officials from both countries have repeatedly emphasised close ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, denying the existence of tensions or disagreements.

Relations between the two countries seemed to warm up recently Saudi Arabian state oil company Aramco decided in March to resume oil shipments to Egypt following a six months suspension.

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