Saudis arrive early in Egypt to prepare for prince visit

Saudis arrive early in Egypt to prepare for prince visit
Sat Jun 7, 2014 12:03:08

A Saudi Arabian delegation has arrived at Cairo airport in advance of the Persian Gulf kingdom's Crown Prince Salman, who is planning to attend the inauguration of Egyptian President-Elect Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday.

The nine-member delegation arrived in Cairo on Friday to prepare for Salman's visit, reported Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

This is while another Saudi delegation arrived on Wednesday to make “necessary preparations” for Salman's visit.

Saudi Arabia has emerged as a key supporter of Egypt’s military-installed interim government since the forced ouster of the nation’s first freely-elected president Mohamed Morsi last July, led by then-army chief General al-Sisi.

The US-backed monarchy, along with allied Persian Gulf Kingdoms of Kuwait and the UAE, has pledged $15 billion to Egypt in aid since Morsi’s ouster to avert Egypt’s economic bankruptcy.

This is while the Saudi King Abdullah called earlier this week for international efforts to raise funds for al-Sisi-led Egypt to prevent an expected economic crisis in the African nation following its controversial presidential election that was meant to bring the former military strongman to power.

Meanwhile, Cairo airport is on high alert as Egypt expects the arrival of a number of foreign leaders and delegations for the swearing-in ceremony.

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