Saudi to build bridge to Egypt

2016-04-08 19:23
Saudi King Salman shakes the hand of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to seal the announcement of a bridge to be build over the Red Sea to Egypt. (AFP)

Saudi King Salman shakes the hand of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to seal the announcement of a bridge to be build over the Red Sea to Egypt. (AFP)

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Cairo - Saudi King Salman on Friday announced an agreement with Egypt to build a bridge over the Red Sea connecting the two countries, on the second day of his visit to Cairo.

The monarch made the announcement in televised comments after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and before representatives of the two countries began signing investment deals.

Salman said: "This historic step to connect the two continents, Africa and Asia, is a qualitative transformation that will increase trade between the two continents to unprecedented levels," he added.

A beaming Sisi, who had minutes before presented the king with the ceremonial Nile Collar, suggested they name the bridge "King Salman bin Abdel Aziz Bridge".

Following the announcement, representatives of both countries signed 17 investment deals and memorandums of understanding.

A government official had said the deals agreed with Saudi Arabia throughout Salman's visit would amount to about $1.7bn.  They included an agreement to set up a university and homes in South Sinai as well as a power plant.

 

Read more on:    abdel fattah al-sisi  |  king salman  |  egypt  |  saudi arabia

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