Sisi pays short visit to Saudi Arabia Monday, expresses gratitude at hospitality

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited Jeddah on Monday for several hours, during which he expressed his appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s warm reception.

Sisi wrote on his Twitter account, Monday: “I was pleased to meet my brother, His Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

“As I express my gratitude and appreciation for the warm reception and hospitality, I affirm the depth and strength of the bilateral relations between Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and I look forward to developing and strengthening [those relations] in all fields, in a way that achieves the common interests of our two countries and the great aspirations of our peoples,” he added.

Earlier, the Saudi Press Agency reported that Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman discussed regional and international developments with Sisi, in the presence of the head of the Egyptian general intelligence service, Abbas Kamel.

During Suhoor in Jeddah, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and furthering ties in various fields.


Strong ties

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has denied any conflicts with Saudi Arabia back in February, and warned the media and social media users to avoid any attempts to stir up sedition.

Parliamentarians and party leaders stressed that President Sisi’s statements officially confirm the strength of relationships between the two countries.

The controversy began after posts and articles shared across social media between Egyptian and Saudi writers led to fears of a growing political dispute.

During the inauguration of an industrial project at the time, Sisi said “Egypt’s policy has always been characterized by moderation, balance and strict discipline towards everyone at home and abroad.”

He added, “I follow social media, and sometimes I see excessive enthusiasm. I do not want to say any offenses.”

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