By Arab News
Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi will arrive in the Kingdom today on his first official visit abroad since he was sworn in on June 30, signaling that he wants to maintain the long-standing alliance between the two countries.
In a statement on the eve of his visit, Mursi highlighted the strategic relations between his country and Saudi Arabia.
He noted Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s support for Arab causes.
He added: “We hold King Abdullah and the Saudi people in high esteem and commend the king’s sincere efforts to strengthen Arab cooperation and ensure the success of Arab causes.”
Mursi said Saudi-Egyptian relations could be used as a model for Arab cooperation.
He added: “We’ll never forget Saudi Arabia’s stances in support of Arab countries. Our relations are getting better.”
He said the two countries would work together for the interest of Arab countries, settle conflicts and strengthen Arab solidarity.
Mursi will hold talks with King Abdullah before going to Makkah for Umrah.
Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Mohammed Al-Kattan said: “President Mursi was careful to make Saudi Arabia his first visit abroad.
“Both leaders will meet to get to know one another and discuss ways to increase trade and investment cooperation.”
Saudi Arabia has offered $ 1 billion to Egypt’s Central Bank after the election results were announced and another $ 500 million for general economic assistance.
The Kingdom also allocated $250 million for natural gas exports to Egypt.
In a related development, UAE’s foreign minister said the state is eager to strengthen relations with Egypt.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said: “We are keen on strengthening these historical and brotherly relations in the future politically and economically.”
He welcomed Mursi’s remarks pledging “not to meddle in the affairs of others and not export the revolution” that brought him to power.