Saudi King’s visit to Cairo asserts deeply-rooted ties: presidential spox
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman watch the Northern Thunder exercises in Hafr Al-Batin - REUTERS

CAIRO: Egypt’s leadership and people “highly welcome” the anticipated visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz scheduled for Thursday, Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef stated.

The visit, which is the first of its kind since the monarch took the throne in January 2015, “asserts the deeply-rooted relations and historical ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia,” said Youssef.

During his five-day visit, King Salam will meet with President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and several Egyptian officials to discuss domains of common interest and security issues. He is also scheduled to visit the Egyptian House of Representatives and Cairo University, according to media reports.

Four funding accords of development projects worth $22 billion are scheduled to be signed between Egypt and Saudi during the visit.

Saudi Arabia has supported Egypt diplomatically and economically with billions of dollars in aid following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Last year, Egyptian armed forces participated in a Saudi-led Arab military coalition against Houthis rebels in Yemen.

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