Riyadh, Cairo ‘on same page over vital issues’

Riyadh, Cairo ‘on same page over vital issues’
Updated 11 September 2015

Riyadh, Cairo ‘on same page over vital issues’

Riyadh, Cairo ‘on same page over vital issues’

RIYADH: Egypt and Saudi Arabia are working together to solve several pressing regional issues including the crisis in Syria, and a proposed joint Arab military force.
This is according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri who rejected reports that there are disagreements between the two nations, according to a report published Thursday in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily, sister publication of Arab News.
Shoukri said that Cairo and Riyadh have a long and outstanding relationship, conducted in utmost transparency. Each country has its views, but there is full coordination on critical issues at all times, he said.
He said the Egyptian government was preparing for a visit by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, although a date has not been set yet. The recent visit by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, defense minister, saw the two sides deal successfully with several bilateral issues, he said.
On the delay of the proposed joint Arab force, Shoukri said some Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, have proposed that there should be further studies undertaken on how the force would work to protect the region’s interests.
On Russia’s reported support of the Syrian regime, including with weapons, he said that Egypt was conducting talks with Moscow officials and listening to their views. The Russians want a political solution to the Syrian crisis, which is supported by Egypt, he said.
He said Iran should also be working for a political solution. It was Egypt’s view that ultimately the Syrian people must decide their future through a transitional government representing all parties, with free elections supervised by an international body.
On Libya, the minister said Egypt also supports finding a political solution between opposing parties, with the removal of all terrorist groups. It was also not acceptable for the country to have no working government in place, he said.