Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed, Sisi hold talks in Egypt

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed, Sisi hold talks in Egypt

On Friday, Hariri and the Crown Prince appeared in a selfie posted on the former's personal Twitter account, apparently signalling relations have been normalized following last year's freaky sequence of events around Hariri's resignation.

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman penned a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas expressing Saudi Arabia's support for "legitimate [Palestinian] rights" in east Jerusalem, according to the official PA news site Wafa.

Prince Mohammed Bin Salman arrival was confirmed by airport sources and the head of his private office.

Prince Mohammed will hold meetings with Sisi, a key regional ally, and other officials in Egypt before flying off to Britain on Wednesday and then later this month the United States.

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"The signature of the representative of the Egyptian state on the maritime borders agreement between the governments of Egypt and Saudi Arabia is undoubtedly an act of sovereignty", the Supreme Court said in a statement, adding that approving the deal was down to Egypt's legislative body.

Last year, el-Sissi ratified the handover of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, triggering rare protests in Egypt.

Riyadh viewed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood with suspicion and at one point briefly recalled its ambassador from Cairo during his turbulent year in power.

For his part, the Saudi Crown Prince, Minister of Defence and First Deputy Prime Minister Bin Salman extended to Sisi the greetings of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz.

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President Sisi received the Crown Prince in Cairo for a three-day visit.

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.

But it is among a bloc of Arab nations that joined a Saudi-led boycott since June of Qatar.

The electricity interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia aims to connect the power grids of the two countries to exchange a total capacity of 3,000 MW.

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