Egypt, Saudi Arabia work to join forces

Egypt and Saudi Arabia plan to join forces to boost economic and military ties and create joint Arab force

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Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi and Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met on Thursday and signed a pact, which they called “Cairo Declaration,” in hopes to improve economic and military ties as well as creating a joint Arab force, Sisi’s office said in a statement.

"The two sides stressed the need to exert all efforts to boost security and stability in the region, and to work together to protect Arab national security," Sisi’s presidential office stated.

Within the “Cairo Declaration,” they both pledged to enhance cooperation and investments in the energy and transport divisions.

Since the deposal of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, relations between the two Arab nations have improved with Saudi offering $4 billion in aid to Egypt to help jump-start an economy battered by years of political turmoil.

Egypt has participated in a Saudi-led coalition air strike campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen.

Sisi has strongly supported and endorsed such a force to fight armed insurgents in the region after ISIS militants in February claimed the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, among them one Egyptian.

Arab defence and foreign ministers plan to gather in Egypt’s capital to discuss the attributes of the force on Aug. 27.

TRTWorld and agencies