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King Salman: Saudi Arabia Ready to Assist Egypt in Its War on Terrorism


Asharq Al-Awsat


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and President of Egypt Abdulfattah El-Sisi held a bilateral meeting in Sharm El-Sheikh during which they reiterated the importance of establishing a Council of the Arab and African Coastal States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
The two leaders also reviewed the brotherly, close relations between both countries, and then held a session of expanded, official talks in the presence of the delegations of the two countries.
Earlier, the Royal Court announced that King Salman left to Egypt on an official visit at the invitation of President Sisi.
The meeting also addressed the prospects of bilateral cooperation in various fields and means of developing them, in addition to reviewing developments in the region and the efforts exerted towards them.
The meeting was attended by a number of ministers and officials of both sides.
After that, the President held a dinner banquet in honor of King Salman, which was also attended by a number of princes and ministers of the official delegation accompanying the King.
Sisi expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom and the historical relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia stressing the importance of the cooperation between the two countries regarding several regional cases, announced Egyptian Presidency spokesperson, Bassam Radi.
Radi also indicated that Sisi praised the strategic relationship between his country and Saudi Arabia, which supports the unity of the Islamic and Arab world amid the current regional challenges.
Later, the Custodian received at his residence the Egyptian Premier, Mustafa Madbouli, who welcomed the King in his “second homeland.”
During the audience, they discussed bilateral relations and ways to consolidate and boost them, in addition to reviewing aspects of cooperation between the two sisterly countries.
King Salman lauded the bilateral relations between the two countries especially during the presidency of Sisi. He asserted Saudi Arabia’s willingness to further cement cooperation because it would be for the best interest of the Arabs and Muslims.
The Custodian said there were "numerous and dangerous" challenges facing the Arab national security, calling for doubling of counter-terrorism efforts.
He strongly condemned all terrorist acts in Egypt and said Saudi Arabia was ready to assist Cairo in its fight against terrorism.
During the meeting, PM Madbouli said Egypt looked forward to taking relations and cooperation with Saudi Arabia to new levels.
King Salman also received the Egyptian Speaker, Ali Abdulal, and they discussed the fraternal relations between the two brotherly countries.
King Salman arrived at Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport on Saturday, on an official visit to Egypt, and was received by the President.
Following the reception, the King and his delegation moved with the Egyptian President to the Reception Hall, at the airport. After a brief interval, the Custodian left in an official motorcade, to his residence house.
Prior to his departure, King Salman issued a royal decree delegating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, to steer the state's affairs and look after the interests of the people, all through the period of his absence.
European and Arab leaders, senior officials and several ambassadors of 28 European countries and 21 Arab states arrived in Egypt Sunday to participate in the Arab-European summit.
The leaders will be convening a two-day summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, on Sunday, to discuss joint challenges and boost mutual cooperation opportunities.

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