Saudi foreign minister makes lightning visit to Egypt

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal held talks on Tuesday with senior Egyptian officials during a brief visit to Cairo that lasted several hours.

Saudi and Egyptian state news agencies did not disclose the content of the talks with al-Faisal, who left Cairo shortly after arriving.

According to the state-owned news agency MENA, al-Faisal and his accompanying delegation arrived by private jet on Tuesday afternoon. The agency reported that the talks revolved around "cooperation between the two countries and various regional and global events."

Local reports previously indicated that had Saudi Arabia threatened to withdraw its investments in Egypt and expel Egyptian workers in Saudi Arabia if the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) put former President Hosni Mubarak on trial.

Press reports indicated that the alleged pressure from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states stems from their loyalty to Mubarak, who has good relationships with the leaders of those countries.

Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud issued subpoenas on Sunday for Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, for investigation into corruption charges and accusations that the former president was involved in the killing of pro-democracy protesters.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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