Sisi in Riyadh to boost Egypt-Saudi ties

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Egypt and Saudi Arabia have stressed the importance of joint Arab action and the role of the Arab League in resolving the region’s crises, reports Asian Lite News

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Tuesday visited Saudi Arabia and met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt affirmed their determination to enhance cooperation on all political issues and seek to strengthen common positions that preserve their security and stability, a joint statement issued by both the countries stated.

Prince Salman and President Sisi reviewed aspects of bilateral relations between both countries and opportunities for developing them in various fields. They also discussed the latest developments at the regional and international arenas as well as efforts exerted towards them.

The meeting was attended by Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of the State, Member of the Cabinet and National Security Advisor; along with other senior officials.

Both countries have stressed the importance of joint Arab action and the role of the Arab League in resolving the region’s crises in accordance with relevant international resolutions and the principles of international law, the Arab News reported.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt affirmed their continued support for achieving peace in the Middle East, and the importance of reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in accordance with the two-state solution, relevant international legitimacy resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative, in a manner that guarantees the right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state on 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

They also stressed the importance of concerted international efforts in providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.

The two countries agreed that Arab security is indivisible and that joint Arab action and full Arab solidarity is necessary to preserve Arab national security.

The statement rejected any attempts by regional parties to interfere in the internal affairs of Arab countries, or threaten their stability and undermine the interests of their people.

The two countries agreed to continue fighting terrorist organizations in the region in all their forms, and reviewed efforts made by them in this regard, it was reported.

The two sides condemned attempts to undermine the security and threaten safety of navigation in the Arabian Gulf, Bab al-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea, affirming the importance of ensuring freedom of navigation in these pivotal sea routes and the need to firmly address any threat to the regional and international security and stability.

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The two sides also expressed their rejection of the Houthi terrorist militia’s continuing threat to maritime navigation in the Red Sea, citing that the Houthi’s possession of qualitative military capabilities cannot be overlooked, as it is a direct threat to the security of the Kingdom and the countries of the region.

The two sides affirmed their keenness to enhance cooperation between the two countries, especially in the military field, and to strengthen the strategic relations and partnerships.

The Saudi side affirmed its full support for the Egyptian water security as it is an integral part of the Arab water security.

They urged Ethiopia to abandon unilateral policy in connection with international rivers, and to abide by its commitments under international law, including the Declaration of Principles Agreement signed in 2015.

They also stressed the importance of dealing seriously and effectively with Iran’s nuclear and missile file with all its components and its repercussions in a way that contributes to achieving regional and international security and stability, emphasising the principles of good neighbourliness and respect for UN resolutions and international legitimacy, and sparing the region from all destabilizing activities.