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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

King Salman’s Historic Visit to Egypt

King Salman’s Historic Visit to Egypt

May 10th, 2016 | Brandan Martini
On April 10, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman delivered an unprecedented and historic speech before Egypt’s parliament as part of a five-day visit in which Riyadh and Cairo signed numerous agreements across a variety of sectors. King Salman called for Saudi Arabia and Egypt to unite against various threats facing the Arab world, ranging from economic stagnation to the continued rise of terrorism. The visit was significant because of its role in Riyadh’s vision of Egypt serving as a force for regional stability.
These agreements indicate a warming in the relationship between the two states, and they align with Riyadh’s foreign policy strategy of purchasing good will from neighboring states. However, given the Saudi economy’s host of problems in this era of cheap oil, can the kingdom continue to afford such a money-hungry friend as Egypt?

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