CAIRO: Egypt’s Chief of the Staff Mahmoud Hegazi flied Saturday to Riyadh in a two-day visit to participate in the Conference of Chiefs of Staff of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), said Egypt’s Ministry of Defense in a statement Saturday.
The conference will tackle military cooperation among the member states, particularly on the counter-terrorism efforts and the current political and security development in the region, the statement added.
In December 2015, Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince Mohamed bin Salman Al Saud announced the establishment of the alliance with participation of 34 Arab and Muslim countries, against the terrorist Islamic State group (IS).
Egypt is one of countries that joined the Saudi Arabia-led military campaign of Gulf States against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen that began March 26 last year.
It is scheduled that King Salam will pay Cairo a visit on April 4 to discuss cooperation and regional and international issues of mutual concerns.