Saudi Defense Minister meets with Sisi in Cairo
Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman is briefed by officers on the military operations in Yemen at the command center in Riyadh - REUTERS

CAIRO: Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohamed bin Salman arrived in Cairo Thursday morning to meet with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for talks on bilateral relations, Yemeni and Syrian issues, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Wednesday.

A Saudi delegation arrived in Cairo International Airport Thursday morning ahead of bin Salman’s visit, officials from the airport told Youm7.

The one-day visit comes a week after Egypt’s foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had visited Jeddah where he and his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir assured mutual support to the legitimacy of the Yemeni government.

This is Prince Salman’s second visit to Egypt since appointed to the post on Jan. 23.

Cairo has hosted a series of negotiations between former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and diplomats from U.S., Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates to put an end to the four-month crisis.

A Yemeni delegation is currently visiting Cairo for resuming the talks; however, head of the delegation Abu Kakr al-Qirbi, who was also Foreign Affairs Minister during Saleh’s regime, has left Cairo to London.

Egypt was one of nine member states that participated in the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthis, who have controlled northern parts of the country since January. The coalition troops have launched airstrikes against the Shiite Houthis in March.

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