Saudi Arabia, Egypt Coordinate Cooperation To Strengthen Regional Security

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday received visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, where both sides agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation and also to speed up coordination to strengthen the region’s stability and security.

The state news agency (SPA) on Tuesday reported that Salman received Al-Sisi in Riyadh airport and welcomed him in his second country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In a joint statement issued following their meeting, the two leaders agreed to continue fighting terrorist organizations in the region in all their forms and manifestation. They also condemned the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels for continuing to threaten maritime navigation in the Red Sea.

According to the statement, the two leaders rejected and condemned the meddling of any regional parties in the internal affairs of Arab countries. They also slammed the use of “sectarian and racist incitement” as a tool to threaten the stability of the two countries.

The Crown Prince and Al-Sisi also discussed the situation in Yemen in detail and expressed concern as the Houthi rebels are posing danger to the security of the region.

“It’s not possible to overlook (the fact) that these terrorist Houthi militias have military capabilities that pose a direct threat to the security of the Kingdom and countries in the region,” the statement quoted them as saying.

The two leaders also discussed the situation in Lebanon and supported the role of state institutions.

“Lebanon must not be (a launch pad) for terrorist acts, and it must not be an incubator for terrorist groups and organizations which destabilize the region. It must also not be a source or a passage for smuggling drugs,” the statement added.

Besides terrorism and security issues, the two leaders also discussed investment and trade and agreed to strengthen economic partnership between the two “brotherly” countries.

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