Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi reached a deal on Sunday with visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on joint efforts to face divisive regional interventions.

Egypt eagerly joined Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies last June in a trade and diplomatic boycott of Qatar, whose government and media it accuses of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, hundreds of whose members Cairo has imprisoned and sentenced to death.

Lebanon's prime minister has met with Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince during his first trip to the kingdom since relations strained following Saad Hariri's brief resignation late a year ago.

The deal to build a mega-city comes just three weeks ahead of a presidential election in Egypt, with Sisi looking to secure a second term in office.

HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman conveyed the greetings of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to President El Sisi.

"The Saudi crown prince expressed hope that the visit will add momentum to the strategic relations between the two nations and peoples and to boost bilateral cooperation in all fields", said the Egyptian spokesman.

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The meeting touched on ways to enhance various aspects of the two countries' relations, primarily economic and investment cooperation.

The addressed developments in the Middle East, regional security and stability and combating terrorism.

Rady also highlighted the significance of the visit's timing in light of the "great challenges now taking place in the Middle East, which require mutual coordination between Egypt and Saudi Arabia".

"His first trip as crown prince is symbolically a moment for the young Saudi ruler to try to put Riyadh's best foot forward on the world stage", Andrew Bowen, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said.

Hariri had posted a selfie on Friday on his Twitter page with the Crown Prince and the Saudi Ambassador to the United States Khaled bin Salman.

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