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King Abdullah receives call from Egypt’s Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat – The custodian of the two holy mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz received yesterday a phone call from Egypt’s Head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

During the telephone conversation, Field Marshal Tantawi expressed hope that the Kingdom will reconsider its decision of recalling its Ambassador to Egypt for consultations in addition to closing the Kingdom’s embassy in Cairo as well as its consulates in Alexandria and Suez.

For his part, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said that he will consider this issue during the coming days in light of the circumstances and the interests of the two countries.

According to an official Saudi source the Kingdom decided to recall its ambassador to Egypt for consultations and close its embassy in Cairo and its consulates in Alexandria and Suez due to unjustified demonstrations and protests in front of the Kingdom’s missions in the Arab Republic of Egypt, attempts to storm and threaten the security and safety of Saudi and Egyptian employees, raising hostile slogans and violating the inviolability and sovereignty of the diplomatic missions which are against all international norms and laws.

The source added that the embassy and consulates were closed due to demonstrations disrupting the work of the embassy and consulates to do diplomatic and consular duties, including facilitating the travel of Egyptian workers, Umrah performers and visitors to the Kingdom.

The protests were sparked after the detention of Egyptian lawyer Ahmed El-Gezawi on charges of transporting narcotics in Jeddah earlier this month.