Egypt president, Saudi king hold talks

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Cairo, April 8 (IANS) Egypt and Saudi Arabia announced their keenness to enhance bilateral ties and boost cooperation in all fields as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held talks with visiting Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud here.

Earlier, President El Sisi welcomed King Salman, who is on an official five-day visit to Egypt — his first official visit to the country since ascending the throne.

After the official reception ceremony, El Sisi and the Saudi monarch held bilateral talks.

The Egyptian president “expressed the appreciation of the Egyptian people and leadership for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and King Salman, given their honourable positions in support of Egypt and its people”, said an official statement.

The two sides emphasized their keenness to leverage the visit to further enhance the historic and distinct relations that bind the two countries and to strengthen cooperation in all fields so as to consolidate joint Arab action in the face of challenges and threats currently besetting the Arab world, the statement said.

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After the meeting, President El Sisi hosted a banquet in honour of the Saudi Arabian king and his delegation.

Both sides are expected to sign a range of agreements.

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