Egypt, Saudi join hands to face divisive regional interventions

The writer is a former ambassador and ex-assistant secretary general of OIC

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri went on an official visit to Saudi Arabia and held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Hariri's media office affirmed Saturday.

It is hoped the visit will strengthen relations between the two countries, as well as see discussion between the two leaders on a number of regional and global issues, and consolidating joint Arab cooperation.

Mohammed bin Salman's visit also comes at a crucial time as Egyptian presidential elections are just weeks away where Sisi is seeking a second term.

On Nov. 4, Hariri announced that he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, only to rescind it the following month after France intervened.

The Crown Prince conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to President El-Sisi, while the president sent his greetings to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

They also agreed on continuing to work together to counter regional interventions and attempts to sow division and rifts among the region's countries.

"President Sisi stressed that the Gulf security is an integral part of the Egyptian national security", Rady added.

Bin Salman's visit comes a day after Egypt's top constitutional court nullified a lower court ruling that challenges the country's transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia according to a maritime demarcation agreement.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi reached a deal on Sunday with visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on joint efforts to face divisive regional interventions.

Cairo supports Riyadh in its fight against Iran-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen, and past year joined a Saudi-led boycott of Gulf state Qatar and agreed to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi despite widespread criticism at home.

President El Sisi underscored Egypt's commitment to promoting bilateral cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia across various fields, demonstrating the level of the outstanding strategic relations between Egypt and the Kingdom.

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