Egypt president in Saudi Arabia to reaffirm ties

Prince Khalid replaced Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turkey bin Abdullah Al Saud at the diplomatic post and would be awarded the rank of minister, the Saudi Press Agency reported citing a royal order.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low.

Prince Khalid bin Salman, an air force pilot and son of Saudi Arabia's King Salman, was also named as the kingdom's ambassador to the USA replacing Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki.

Prince Abdullah had served for just over a year, according to the website of the Saudi embassy in Washington.

Alsheikh and other key officials highlighted trends pointing to economic recovery.

Another son of King Salman, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, 31, is second in line to the throne and is one of the kingdom's most powerful figures.

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Moscow is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's leading patron, Saudi Arabia is an integral supporter of the rebels battling Assad's regime.

On Friday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the visit would also be a good opportunity to discuss worldwide and regional developments in light of the new United States foreign policies under the Trump administration, especially after El-Sisi's recent visit to Washington.

The controversy over the islands became a source of tension with Saudi Arabia, which has provided billions of dollars of aid to Egypt in the immediate aftermath of the 2013 military coup against former Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammad Morsi.

Prince Khaled is a former F-15 pilot who graduated military-aviation training from Columbus Air Force Base in MS in 2009 and took part in anti-IS strikes in 2014 as part of the US -led coalition.

King Salman in his decree also fired his civil service minister Khaled al-Araj, information minister Adel al-Turaifi and technology minister Mohammed al-Suwaiyel. Essam bin Saeed replaces him.

Late previous year, the Arab News reported that Araj was under investigation by the kingdom's anti-corruption commission for the alleged "irregular hiring" of his son.

  • Adam Floyd