Wednesday,20 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1384, (8 - 14 March 2018)
Wednesday,20 February, 2019
Issue 1384, (8 - 14 March 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Required cooperation

By Abdullah,  Al-Masry Al-Youm
By Abdullah, Al-Masry Al-Youm

The press this week covered the details of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman’s visit to Egypt and his meetings with President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi.

Magdi Allam described the visit as extremely sensitive and has a very important impact on the region in light of some dangerous factors, namely the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the continuing Saudi-Iranian war on Yemeni borders, the deteriorating situation in Syria and the return of the Turkish-Qatari role in Libya. That role – supported by the Muslim Brotherhood – delays reaching any reconciliation agreement between the parties in Libya.

In light of these dangers facing the region, Allam said in the daily Al-Watan that President Al-Sisi and Prince Mohamed agree on two pivotal matters: the first is uprooting corruption on the internal level. Both leaders have already taken serious measures toward that goal. The second is dealing with external interference in the region especially from Turkey and Iran.

Khaled Abu Bakr reviewed the history of the Egyptian-Saudi relations ever since both countries signed an agreement by which Egypt was supposed to build various development projects in Saudi Arabia starting in 1926.

However, Abu Bakr shed light on the issues that both countries should focus on at present, the first of which is how to deal with the US. He regarded this issue as one that has been completed and which needs complete coordination between the two countries.

The second issue is dealing with Iran which is another matter that needs coordination between the two countries and sends strong messages every now and then.

Abu Bakr also expressed a wish to see coordination on the issue of Egypt’s relationship with Turkey. Turkey is providing shelter for some terrorists, a matter that Saudi Arabia cannot accept. The Turkish media financed by the Muslim Brotherhood, he added, has repeatedly criticised the Egyptian as well as the Saudi regimes. 

“Unity between Egyptian and Saudi leaders is necessary. We look forward to all forms of integration between the two countries,” Abu Bakr wrote in the daily Al-Youm Al-Sabei.

Makram Mohamed Ahmed wrote in his regular column in the daily Al-Ahram that it is clear that Egypt and Saudi Arabia are capable in the coming phase of directing their relations to serve their mutual as well as regional interest and that saving the Arab region from its present crisis depends on the efforts of both countries to unite the Arab states.

Mohamed Ahmed pointed to various fields of cooperation between the two countries especially developing the infrastructure of Arab states via linking the network of roads and ports in a way that enhances inter-Arab trade. 

“Projects like transferring River Nile to a channel for trade between south and north Africa could change the shape of all African countries. That, as well as reviving the plan to build the Al-Hegaz railway network,” Mohamed Ahmed wrote. 

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