CAIRO: Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman met President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi in Cairo yesterday, on his first public trip abroad since he became crown prince last year.
Egypt and Saudi have strengthened ties since Sisi took power after toppling the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
The countries signed agreements to “activate” a $16 billion investment fund they agreed to set up in 2016, and another deal on environmental protection, at a short televised ceremony attended by the two leaders. The details of the agreements were not immediately given.
Cairo supports Riyadh in its fight against Iran-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen, and last year joined a Saudi-led action against Qatar and agreed to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi.
The visit comes three weeks ahead of an election where former general Sisi is seeking a second term.
The Saudi prince will head to Britain on Wednesday following his three-day visit to Cairo and then to the US.