Sisi to Saudi Crown Prince: Gulf Security Integral Part of Egypt's Security

Hannah Rogers
March 5, 2018

"The Egyptian president reaffirmed that the security of the Gulf is an integral part of Egyptian national security", the spokesman added.

Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Cairo earlier on Sunday in a three-day visit as the first destination of his first foreign tour since he was named crown prince a year ago and launched a massive anti-corruption campaign in the kingdom that purged political and economic elite.

President El Sisi and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a bilateral session of talks, followed by an expanded meeting attended by the two countries' delegations.

They also agreed on continuing to work together to counter regional interventions and attempts to sow division and rifts among the region's countries.

Saudi Arabia has remained Egypt's biggest supporter since the Egyptian army ousted Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, in a 2013 military coup led by al-Sisi.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kuwait have provided billions of dollars in support since Sisi's power grab.

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In 2015, during a visit by King Salman to Cairo, the two countries agreed on the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, sparking rare protests in Egypt.

A few months later, the Egyptian parliament, along with al-Sisi, ratified the deal.

Cairo and Riyadh have maintained close ties, although Egypt has signalled a lack of enthusiasm for Saudi regional policy, both on the Yemen war and a potential escalation with Iran.

A beaming Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi greeted the prince at Cairo airport after he descended the red-carpeted steps of his plane.

Bin Salman stressed that his keenness to conduct his first foreign visit as Crown Prince "reflects the depth and strength of relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which are bound by common history and one destiny".

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