Egypt court voids rulings on Saudi island transfer

Egypt court voids rulings on Saudi island transfer

A beaming Sisi greeted the prince at Cairo airport after he descended the red-carpeted steps of his plane.

Shortly after the reception ceremony, El-Sisi and Bin Salman held a bilateral summit at the Ittihadeya Presidential Palace in Cairo.

Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince has arrived in Egypt for a visit meant to deepen the alliance between two of the region's powerhouses.

Ties have grown between Egypt and Saudi Arabia since 2013 when Al Sissi led the army's toppling of Islamist president Mohammad Mursi following enormous street protests against his one-year rule.

Rady also highlighted the significance of the visit's timing in light of the "great challenges now taking place in the Middle East, which require mutual coordination between Egypt and Saudi Arabia".

Sisi said the security of Gulf countries is closely related to Egypt's national security.

For his part, the Saudi Crown Prince, Minister of Defence and First Deputy Prime Minister Bin Salman extended to Sisi the greetings of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz.

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It is hoped the visit will strengthen relations between the two countries, as well as see discussion between the two leaders on a number of regional and worldwide issues, and consolidating joint Arab cooperation.

Also on Sunday, US President Donald Trump called Sisi to discuss with him "regional issues" and "ways of combating terrorism", a statement from the Egyptian presidency said.

They also agreed on solving the regional crises by political means.

After meeting with Egyptian officials during his three-day visit, Prince Mohammed - known as MBS - will head to the United Kingdom before making a final stop in Washington DC.

The day before Prince Mohammed's visit to Cairo, Egypt's top court dismissed all outstanding legal challenges to a deal transferring two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

The crown prince is scheduled to leave Egypt to Britain on March 7 and later visit the United States, the kingdom's closest and strongest Western ally.

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