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Egypt's Sisi to visit Saudi Arabia in April - Saudi FM
March 29, 2017 / 7:35 PM / 8 months ago

Egypt's Sisi to visit Saudi Arabia in April - Saudi FM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has accepted an invitation from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to visit his country in April, Saudi state news agency SPA quoted its foreign minister as saying on Wednesday.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (unseen) at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The move is a show of good relations after months of tension between the Arab world’s most populous state and its richest.

SPA quoted Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir as saying the Egyptian president had accepted the invitation and would visit in April.

Sisi and King Salman met at an Arab summit in Jordan and discussed improving relations, the statement said. The two countries have disagreed over Syria and the transfer of two Red Sea islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.

The two countries have been at odds on a number of issues.

Egypt voted in favour of a Russian-backed but Saudi-opposed U.N. resolution on Syria in October.

In January an Egyptian court rejected a government plan to transfer two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom agreed in April last year to provide Egypt with 700,000 tonnes of refined oil products a month for five years, but the cargoes stopped arriving in early October.

Shipments resumed this month, however, and Egypt’s Petroleum Ministry said they had only been stopped for commercial reasons.

Reporting by Ali Abdelaty and Noah Browning; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Andrew Roche

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