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Egypt’s Al Sissi to visit Saudi Arabia on Sunday

Al Sissi to use trip to enhance ties with Saudi Arabia

Gulf News

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi will start an official visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, in an effort to break the ice after months of tensions.

During the upcoming visit, Sissi will meet King Salman, and the two leaders will tackle their different points and how to enhance their ties.

They will also discuss regional and international issues of common concern, especially combating terrorism, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Al Sissi met the Saudi king on March 30 on the sidelines of the Arab League summit in Jordan, in which King Salman invited Al Sissi to visit Saudi Arabia.

The invitation came days after Saudi state oil company Aramco resumed delivering Egypt petroleum products suspended last October, when Egypt voted for a Russian-drafted UN Security Council resolution on Syria that Saudi Arabia strongly opposed.

Then in January an Egyptian court ruling blocked the handover of two Red Sea islands, signed during a visit by Salman to Cairo last April, to Saudi.

Saudi Arabia supported Egypt with billions of dollars in aid after the ouster of the Islamist president Mohammad Mursi in 2013.

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