Egyptian Prime Minister thanks the Kingdom’s government, people

February 5, 2014

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz held a meeting with Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Hazem Al-Beblawi at his palace in Riyadh yesterday. During the talks, the two sides discussed Saudi-Egyptian relations and ways to enhance them, as well as regional and international developments.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal; Chief of the Crown Prince’s Court Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz; Minister of State Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Minister of Labor Adel bin Mohammed Faqih; and Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Kattan. The Egyptian delegation included Minister of Transport Ibrahim Al-Demeiri; Minister of Investment Osama Saleh; Minister of Planning Ashraf Al-Arabi; Minister of Housing Ibrahim Mahlab; Minister of Petroleum Sharif Ismail; Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs Ambassador Nasser Kamel; and Egyptian Ambassador to the Kingdom Afifi Abdulwahab.

Today, the Egyptian Prime Minister delivered a speech to the press at the Conference Palace in Riyadh, during which he thanked the Saudi people and government for their constant, generous support. Dr. Al-Beblawi explained that the main objective of his visit is to inform the Kingdom’s leadership of the situation in Egypt – particularly the growing confidence and stability of his country. “Egypt continues to fight against terrorism,” he said. “The political aspect has greatly progressed; the road map is implemented in a timely manner; and its most important stage has ended, including the stage of the preparation for the constitution and referendum, which are manifestations of the political consensus.”

Dr. Al-Beblawi noted that economic and developmental cooperation were also discussed. He said that the Egypt would welcome deeper ties with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and highlighted joint business venture and investment opportunities. “We deal with the GCC investors as with the Egyptian investors,” he said. “We look forward to a bright future between the GCC region and the North Africa region and Egypt.”

Afterwards, the Egyptian delegation traveled to Makkah, where its members performed Umrah (minor pilgrimage).