Egypt president in Saudi Arabia to reaffirm ties

Miranda GreerApr 24, 2017

The official Saudi Press Agency on April 22 said Prince Khaled bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has been appointed ambassador to the United States, a key ally of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia was visited in the past week by Jim Mattis, the new USA defense secretary under President Donald Trump who in January denounced the "harmful influence" of Iran, Saudi Arabia's rival neighbor.

Meanwhile, Saudi King has also restored financial allowances of civil servants and military personnel which were cut earlier previous year. He also participated in flight missions over Yemen, where the kingdom has been bombing a Yemeni faction aligned with Iran for more than two years.

The Saudis have found a more favourable ear in Washington under Trump, who took office in January and has denounced Iran's "harmful influence" in the Middle East.

Aramco had halted agreed monthly deliveries of 700,000 tons of petroleum products without explanation, but the disruption came after Egypt backed a Russian-drafted UN Security Council resolution on Syria that Riyadh opposed.

Prince Khalid Bin Salman has been appointed Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the USA in place of Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Al-Saud. The US provides logistical and intelligence support for that Saudi-led coalition.

President al-Sisi met the Saudi king on March 30 on the sidelines of an Arab summit in Jordan, in which Salman invited Sisi to visit Saudi Arabia. Additionally, Emir Abdulaziz bin Salman was appointed as Minister of State Responsible for Energy.

He is former F-15 pilot who graduated from Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. Fahad Bin Turki was promoted to replace him.

Saudi Arabia has sacked Information Minister Adel Al-Toraifi and has also replaced its ambassador to the US.

The visit comes in response to an invitation from the King within their two countries' interests in resuming joint coordination.

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