Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Saudi Crown Prince to Sisi: Our Talks Demonstrated Strength of our Ties

Saudi Crown Prince to Sisi: Our Talks Demonstrated Strength of our Ties

The talks are aimed at strengthening defense, security and economic ties between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, but "given how little we know about him and how important our relations with Saudi Arabia are held to be, it is fair to say that breaths are being held on both sides", the Times reports.

"We have a common interest that goes back to the earliest days of the relationship", he said, adding: "Our relationship with Britain today is super".

As part of the newly signed Egypt-Saudi joint venture, Saudi Arabia plans to build seven cities and tourism projects, while Egypt will focus on developing the existing resort cities of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, the Saudi govermernt official said.

Saudi Arabia wants to attract more European tourists to its Red Sea coast, and in August a year ago announced another ambitious plan to create a new global tourism destination on the coast featuring 50 pristine islands, white sandy beaches, and pre-Islamic history and culture. 'People need to be able to move freely, and we need to apply the same standards as the rest of the world.

The agreement was announced during Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visit to Cairo.

Crown Prince Muhammad said: "People in Saudi Arabia have changed a lot because they travel to countries like Britain and see a different way of life".

Another mainstay of UK-Saudi relations is defense and intelligence issues.

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His visit comes a day after Egypt's top court upheld a deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

The article stressed that MBS believes that by promoting a more Islamic outlook inside the Kingdom, enables it to play a greater role in defeating Islamist-inspired extremism.

The Crown Prince spoke on the social changes now being felt in Saudi Arabia that have come against a backdrop of sweeping reforms. "We want to fight terrorism and we want to fight extremism because we need to build stability in the Middle East".

'We want economic growth that will help the region to develop.

Riyadh has been a crucial financial backer of Sisi, and Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been strengthening their economic ties since he came to power in 2013 after ousting his elected predecessor in a popular-backed coup.

He dismissed claims that the Saudi government's current stance against Iran and Qatar could potentially provoke new regional conflict.

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