Saudi's powerful crown prince visit Egypt

Kerry Wise
March 5, 2018

The deal had been agreed during a 2016 visit by Saudi King Salman and ratified by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a year ago.

In his letter, Muhammad also said that recent changes to USA policy on Jerusalem "will not change or infringe on the Palestinian people's immutable and well-protected rights in the Jerusalem and other places in the occupied Palestinian lands", the report said.

During a summit in Cairo on Sunday, Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stressed the importance of joining their countries' efforts to address attempts to divide the region and the threat of terrorism and countries supporting it.

"The Saudi crown prince expressed hope that the visit will add momentum to the strategic relations between the two nations and peoples and to boost bilateral cooperation in all fields", said the Egyptian spokesman.

The Saudi leader will reportedly meet with Pope Tawadros II - the head of Egypt's Coptic church - in Abbasiya on Monday, according to media reports.

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Under the party's rules, the PML-N's CWC is supposed to elect an acting party head within a week of its chief's removal. Nawaz presided over the meeting that was also attended by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

The Egyptian-Saudi Investment Fund, with a capital of SR60 billion ($16 billion), aims to construct a power plant in Dairout worth $2.2 billion, a water treatment plant, residential projects in Sinai, 90 kilometers of development of coastal road, Taba's tunnel project and a canal.

Before that, however, he visited Egypt four times (three times in 2015 and once in 2016) after Sisi assumed the presidency in mid-2014.

In December, Sisi received a phone call from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, where they discussed bilateral ties and mutual cooperation between both states.

The crown prince is scheduled to leave Egypt to Britain on March 7 and later visit the United States, the kingdom's closest and strongest Western ally.

Hariri's brief resignation was seen as a politically orchastrated move by Saudi Arabia, with President Michel Aoun accusing the Kingdom of holding him against his well.