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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud holds official talks in Riyadh with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi/SPA

Riyadh- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held official talks in Riyadh Sunday with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and reviewed bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation between the two countries, in addition to the latest developments in the region.

Talks between the Saudi King and Sisi tackled the main challenges facing the region, mainly the need to fight terrorism. The two sides agreed that the current phase and events happening in the Arab region necessitate further coordination and consultations between all concerned parties to agree on a joint and comprehensive strategy facing terrorism.

The two leaders also asserted the importance of facing all attempts of interference in the affairs of Arab states.

King Salman, surrounded by key Saudi officials, welcomed Sisi as he stepped off the plane in the capital Riyadh and hosted him for lunch, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir said there were several claims published by the media doubting Saudi-Egyptian relations. “Those claims are deemed unfounded,” he added.

Following a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry at the ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh, Jubeir said the King and Sisi held a “fruitful” meeting that highlighted the identical views between the two countries.

For his part, Shoukry lauded his meeting with Jubeir, and said Riyadh and Cairo witnessed “full cohesive” relations.

The Egyptian foreign minister revealed that he agreed with his Saudi counterpart to hold periodic meetings, further affirming the two countries’ unity of purpose.

Shoukry also stressed the need of the two brotherly countries to work side by side in the interest of Arab national security.