Egypt President in Saudi Arabia to Reaffirm Ties

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) stands with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a welcoming ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday. (Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via Reuters)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in his first visit to the kingdom since a rare public spat last year erupted over diverging policies on Syria.

The close allies hold different views on Syria, where Saudi Arabia has aggressively pursued efforts to oust President Bashar Assad. In October, however, Egypt voted in favor of two separate draft resolutions on Syria at the U.N. Security Council, one of which had been drafted by Syria’s staunch ally Russia.

In statements after the bilateral meeting Sunday, both sides stressed the importance of the relationship.

Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation, depends on aid from Saudi Arabia, the region’s largest economy. The kingdom also backed el-Sissi’s rise to power after the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood.