Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman concludes first public visit to Egypt

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Bin Salman concluded today a three day visit to Egypt, where he met with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, on his first public trip abroad since he became crown prince last year and applied significant reform to his kingdom’s domestic and foreign policies. The visit comes as relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been declared at an all-time-high. Both countries strengthened bilateral relations, since President Sisi took power after ousting the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. Since then, Cairo has supported Riyadh in its fight against Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen, and last year joined a Saudi-led boycott of Gulf state Qatar and agreed to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia despite widespread criticism at home.

The Saudi prince headed today for Britain, for meetings with the British leadership in London, after which he is scheduled to travel to the United States, Riyadh’s closest Western ally, later in the month.