Saudi king addresses Egyptian parliament

2016-04-10 16:02
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz arrive for a signing ceremony for bilateral aggrements at the Abdeen Palace in the capital Cairo. (Stringer, Egyptian Presidency AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz arrive for a signing ceremony for bilateral aggrements at the Abdeen Palace in the capital Cairo. (Stringer, Egyptian Presidency AFP)

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Cairo - Saudi Arabia's king has addressed the Egyptian parliament on the fourth day of a landmark visit that saw the oil-rich kingdom pledge billions of dollars in investment and aid to Egypt.

In his six-minute address on Sunday, King Salman said Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed to build a bridge linking the nations across the Red Sea and to work together to create a pan-Arab defence force, an Egyptian idea first floated last year.

Lawmakers received Salman with deafening applause and a standing ovation. Some lawmakers waved the kingdom's green flag, while others chanted "all of Egypt greets you."

Saudi Arabia has been a traditional source of economic and political support to Egypt, but the kingdom significantly stepped up its backing after the military's 2013 ousting of an Islamist President.

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