JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has announced an agreement with Egypt to build a bridge over the Red Sea to connect the two countries, on the second day of his visit to Cairo.
The king made the announcement in televised comments after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and before representatives of the two countries began signing a number of investment deals.
“I agreed with my brother his Excellency President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to build a bridge connecting the two countries," the king said.
"This historic step to connect the two continents, Africa and Asia, is a qualitative transformation that will increase trade between the two continents to unprecedented levels," he added.
The bridge will be named after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.
After the announcement, representatives of both countries signed 17 agreements, including cooperation on peaceful nuclear energy and the development of King Salman University in Sinai.
Other agreements included the removal of double taxation, development of Al-Aini hospital in Cairo as well as residential units as part of King Salman’s Sinai development project.
Egypt’s Nile Collar was given to King Salman by El-Sisi before agreements were signed between the two nations.
— With input from AFP