Egypt puts on show of support for Saudi crown prince

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Tuesday placed on a present of help for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, doing its half as an ally and recipient of Riyadh’s largesse to assist the younger royal climate the worldwide outrage he faces over the killing and dismembering of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has made shut ties with oil-rich Saudi Arabia a cornerstone of his international coverage, a alternative that has gained Egypt billions of {dollars} in support and funding since he took workplace a 12 months after main the navy’s 2013 ouster of an elected however divisive Islamist president.

Final 12 months Egypt permitted a maritime border pact that gave Saudi Arabia two strategic islands on the mouth of the Pink Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba, ignoring vociferous opposition and a courtroom ruling that outlawed the handover.

El-Sissi made some extent of welcoming and seeing off the prince at Cairo airport, and official statements spoke of Egypt because the prince’s “second residence.”

Dozens of individuals waving Egyptian and Saudi flags lined a stretch of the highway utilized by the prince on his means from his Nile-side lodge to the presidential palace in what gave the impression to be an organized present of affection.

Egypt didn’t, nevertheless, undertaking the Saudi flag on the Giza pyramids, as proven in a doctored {photograph} that was broadly shared on social media.

Prince Mohammed arrived in Cairo late Monday as a part of his first international tour since a crew of Saudi brokers killed Khashoggi within the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2. Khashoggi was a contributor to the Washington Publish whose columns had been important of the prince’s insurance policies.

Prince Mohammed got here to Egypt after visiting the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, two of Riyadh’s closest allies. He traveled on to Tunisia, the place a whole lot protested his go to, and is planning to attend a Group of 20 summit in Argentina later this week.

El-Sissi has stated little concerning the Khashoggi case, other than expressing help for the Saudi authorities and criticizing the “unfavorable function” performed by the media. Saudi authorities insisted for weeks that Khashoggi had safely left the consulate, and solely acknowledged the killing after Turkish media revealed intensive particulars concerning the operation.

There have been no protests towards the crown prince’s go to in Egypt, which has outlawed unauthorized demonstrations as a part of an unprecedented crackdown on dissent. However some Egyptian activists criticized the Saudi royal’s heat reception on social media, and dozens of journalists posted a press release decrying the go to.

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