Sisi, Saudi state minister discuss bilateral ties
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi, Saudi Minister of State Essam bin Saad in Cairo discussing ways to enhance bilateral cooperation. Presidential media office.

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met with Saudi Minister of State and Member of the Council of Ministers Essam bin Saad in Cairo Thursday and discussed means to enhance bilateral cooperation between Cairo and Riyadh, a presidential statement announced Thursday.

During the meeting, Sisi stated that Egypt “always looks forward to advancing joint action with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in various areas,” particularly within the context of the two countries’ Coordination Council, according to the statement.

Egyptian-Saudi relations have notably warmed since the 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. Saudi Arabia has offered billions in economic aid to Egypt, and the two Arab states are partners in the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fought against Houthi militias in Yemen.

“The president also emphasized that the Egyptian-Saudi relations constitute a cornerstone for stability in the Arab region, and a model for inter-Arab relations that enhance serious and constructive cooperation with the aim to realize Arab interest,” according to the statement.

From his side, Bin Saad has highlighted the importance of continuing joint action within the framework of the Egyptian-Saudi Coordination Council, according to the statement. “The minister also stressed on the importance of moving forward with the implementation of projects included in the council’s action plan including housing, agriculture, investment, education and culture, among others,” said the statement.

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