File Photo: Saudi's now appointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) meets with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) in April 2015 (Photo: AFP)
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called on Wednesday morning Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohamed bin Salman to congratulate him on his fresh appointment as the Gulf country's new crown prince, a statement by the President's office read.
According to the statement, El-Sisi wished Mohamed bin Salman luck, and for Saudi Arabia to witness more progress and prosperity under the leadership of King Salman bin AbdulAziz.
On Wednesday, a Saudi royal decree was issued to relieve Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef from his post and replace him with Mohamed bin Salman.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, now becomes deputy prime minister and retains his defence and other portfolios.
Al Arabiya news network reported that the promotion of the prince was approved by the kingdom's Allegiance Council, and that the king had called for a public pledging of loyalty to the new crown prince Wednesday evening in Mecca.