Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Arabia reiterated its full support for Egypt’s fight against terrorism during talks between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, and Egyptian interim president Adly Masnour in Jeddah on Monday.
“We will support Egypt against terrorism, sedition, and those who try to undermine its security,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted King Abdullah as saying during the meeting at his palace.
The Egyptian interim president thanked King Abdullah, the Saudi government, and people for their support of the will of the Egyptian people, in addition to Saudi Arabia’s economic support.
The two leaders also discussed prospects of cooperation between the two countries, as well as ways of enhancing Saudi-Egyptian cooperation in all fields.
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Mansour said: “It goes without saying that the support provided by Saudi Arabia and our Arab brothers has had the greatest impact in prying Egyptian decision making away from the pressures of the deteriorating economic situation.
In July, Riyadh offered a USD 5 billion aid package to Egypt’s new government, as the country continued to struggle with a high budget deficit and rising unemployment.
The Saudi funds comprised a USD 2 billion deposit in Egypt’s central bank, USD 2 billion in energy products, and USD 1 billion in cash, according to Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf.
Speaking prior to Monday’s visit, Egyptian presidential spokesman Ehab Badawi said that Mansour’s trip to Saudi Arabia was to “express thanks” to the Saudi people and leadership.
For his part, Saudi Minister of Culture and Information, Abdulaziz Khoja, said that the Saudi cabinet welcomed Adly Mansour’s visit to the country, highlighting the deep-rooted relations between the two countries and their keenness to strengthen bilateral ties.
Mansour departed Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning for Jordan as part of the second leg of his regional tour where he is scheduled to meet with King Abdullah II.
Speaking following Mansour’s departure, Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz said: “Egypt is in safe hands. Egyptians have accustomed us to overcome their crises, by the will of God. Egypt’s strength is strength for the Arab world.”