CAIRO: Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed to establish a bridge over the Red Sea, linking Sharm el Sheikh with Suadi’s Ras el Sheikh Hamid.
“I agreed with my brother his Excellency, the President, to establish a bridge linking between the two brotherly countries… to be a ground linking between Asia and Africa and a benefit turning point raises the trade exchange among the continents to unprecedented levels,” said King Salman in a Friday Press Conference with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Cairo.
The bridge will be named after King Salman, announced President Sisi during the conference after signing 17 agreements and memoranda of understanding between both countries.
Egypt’s cabinet will hold meetings with concerning ministries of transport, housing and defense to develop technical designs for the new project, an official from the Ministry of Transport told Youm7 Saturday.
The 23 kilometer-long bridge will start at Egypt’s Red Sea Island of Tiran then to Ras AlSheikh Hamid in Saudi Arabia via Sanafir Island on the Red Sea, the official added on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media.
King Salman arrived in Cairo Thursday for a five-day visit, which is the first of its kind since he took power in Jan. 2015. He witnessed signing three agreements in the fields of electricity and renewable energy between both countries Friday.