Egypt's president to visit Saudi Arabia

2014-08-11 08:04
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (Fady Fars, AP)

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (Fady Fars, AP)

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Riyadh - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is in Saudi Arabia to meet one of his strongest international supporters, King Abdullah, to talk about key security issues impacting the region.

Saudi Arabia's monarch has given Egypt at least $12bn in aid to buoy its economy after the military, led by el-Sissi, ousted the country's Islamist president from power last year.

El-Sissi arrived late on Sunday on his first visit to the kingdom since being elected president in May. The two leaders met briefly in June when King Abdullah stopped in Cairo to congratulate el-Sissi on his win.

Egyptian and Saudi diplomats say this time they are expected to talk about five key issues: the Israeli-Hamas war in Gaza; the conflict in Libya; Syria's civil war; the Islamic militant advance in Iraq; and terrorism.

Read more on:    abdel fattah el-sisi  |  egypt  |  saudi arabia  |  north africa  |  security

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