Prince Saud meets with Egyptian leaders, pledges support
September 2, 2013
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal was received by Egyptian President Adli Mansour at the Presidential Palace in Cairo yesterday. During their meeting, Prince Saud conveyed a message from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz confirming that the Saudi government and people will always stand with Egypt in all ways. He stressed the depth of relations between the two countries, agreeing that they should be strengthened even more.
Afterwards, Prince Saud held a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy. The Saudi Foreign Minister expressed optimism over the improved security situation in Egypt, saying that the country deserves a bright future. “I’m happy to witness stability in Egypt now,” he said. “We are sure that the future will be prosperous for the people and the state.” Prince Saud dismissed the threats of some countries to cut aid as empty, citing the mutual interests that those countries share with Egypt. He said, “Egypt is a big country, hence it is not easy to deal with it as simple as that.”
For his part, Foreign Minister Fahmy expressed appreciation for the Kingdom’s support, stressing that the relations between the two countries are strong. “The meeting between Egyptian President Adli Mansour and Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, confirms the binding relations between the Saudi and Egyptian peoples,” he stated.
During his visit to Egypt, Prince Saud also met with Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Hazem Al-Beblawi and First Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Abdulfattah Al-Sisi, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense and Military Production. Prince Saud was in Egypt to lead a delegation to the 140th session of the Arab League Foreign Ministers Council, which gathered to discuss the crisis in Syria.