Report: Al-Sisi, Erdogan set to arrive in Saudi Arabia next week


President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi will be visiting Saudi Arabia on Sunday in order to discuss mutual relations and regional developments with the Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz.

Al-Sisi will also discuss the latest preparations and the Saudi participation at the international economic summit scheduled for March in Sharm El Shiekh, according to media reports.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah II of Jordan is set to arrive in Cairo on Thursday to hold talks with Al-Sisi.

The Jordanian king will discuss the latest developments in the region along with efforts to bolster counter-terrorism activities with the Egyptian leader, according to local news reports.

Abdullah II concluded an official visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

The news of Al-Sisi’s visit to Saudi Arabia was reported by CNN, stating that the official WAM news agency of the UAE had quoted an anonymous Egyptian official regarding the visit.

Saudi Arabia is considered one of Egypt’s strongest Arab Gulf allies following the popular revolution that toppled the Islamist regime of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Andalou news agency reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to arrive in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for a three-day visit during which he will meet with King Salman.

The agency said that the two officials are scheduled to discuss regional developments and ways to boost relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

The simultaneous visits of the Egyptian and Turkish presidents to Saudi Arabia drew expectations of a possible meeting between the two leaders in light of a Saudi initiative to restore the deteriorated relations between Egypt and Turkey.

Egyptian-Turkish relations have deteriorated as Erdogan continues to make provocative statements against Egyptian authorities since a popular revolution toppled Morsi, considered an ally, in June 2013.

Last June, Egypt decided to recall the Egyptian chargé d’affaires in Turkey in response to a similar act by the Turkish government.

Turkey claims that the ouster of Morsi was a ‘military coup’, while Egyptian authorities insist that it was a popular revolution by millions of Egyptians, and was realised with the help of the military.