Saudi Embassy and Consulates in Egypt to reopen next Sunday

May 4, 2012

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received at his palace in Riyadh today a top level Egyptian delegation led by Speaker of the People’s Assembly Dr. Mohammed Al-Katatni and Speaker of the Al-Shoura Council Dr. Ahmed Fahmi. The two sides discussed the Kingdom’s recent decision to withdraw its ambassador and close its embassy and consulates in Egypt.

Addressing the audience, King Abdullah stressed the common values and the spirit of brotherhood shared between Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Referring to the recent events that “marred the relations between the two countries,” he explained, “Our decision to recall the ambassador and to close the embassy was made to protect its employees against any unacceptable consequences.” However, he welcomed the presence of the Egyptian delegation and insisted, “We will not allow this passing crisis to be prolonged.”

The Egyptian delegation, which included political and religious leaders, also met with Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal; Majlis Al-Shoura Speaker Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Asheikh; and Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja.

Following the visit, King Abdullah directed that the Saudi Embassy in Cairo and the Consulates in Alexandria and Suez be reopened next Sunday and that the ambassador return to his post.

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