SAUDI CROWN PRINCE TO VISIT EGYPT ON SUNDAY FOR TALKS WITH AL-SISSI

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to visit Egypt on Sunday for talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, according to a statement from a presidential official.

The Saudi royal will stay in Egypt for three days, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi added in a statement Friday, without details.

Saudi Arabia has been a key financial and diplomatic backer of Egypt since 2013, when al-Sissi, the army chief at the time, led the ouster of democratically elected but divisive president Mohammed Morsi.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia, as well as the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, severed diplomatic ties and transportation links with Qatar in June over the Gulf emirate’s alleged support for terrorism.

Doha has denied the charge.

After Egypt, Mohammed is set to travel to London for his first visit to Britain since he became a crown prince in June, according to media reports.

Since his appointment, the 32-year-old crown prince has been seen as a driving force for major social and economic reforms in conservative Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter.

Source: NAM News Network