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Mohammad, Al Sissi to discuss Yemen, Iran role

Egypt welcomes Saudi crown prince to his ‘second homeland’

15:02 March 3, 2018

Cairo: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is due to meet with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi on Sunday in Cairo, at the start of his first foreign trip since becoming the kingdom’s heir apparent last June.

“President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi will receive the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as a dear guest in his second homeland Egypt for a three-day visit,” Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement on Friday without details.

Their talks are expected to focus on enhancing ties between the two Arab allies in different fields.

Saudi Arabia is Egypt’s top Arab investor with around $27 billion, according to Egyptian figures.

Al Sissi and Prince Mohammad will also discuss the conflict in Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a military campaign against Iran-allied militia, Egyptian media reported. Their talks will also tackle Syria’s seven-year-old strife and Iran’s meddling in Arab region, the semi-official newspaper Al Ahram said.

Last June, Egypt joined Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain in breaking off diplomatic and transportation links with Qatar over its support for terrorist groups.

Qatar is a staunch backer of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt has designated as a terrorist organisation.

The Saudi crown prince is due to visit Britain on March 7 and the US on March 19 for high-profile talks with leaders there.