Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Egyptian Military-backed Regime Sends Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Rebukes Qatar

Egypt PM El-Beblawi assures Saudi leader of 'growing stability' following Morsi's ouster

Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Feb 2014

The Egyptian delegation in Riyadh will continue meeting with Saudi officials on Wednesday

Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi met on Tuesday with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Defence Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz in discussions that focused on the future of bilateral relations between the two countries and means to enhance them.

During the meeting in Riyadh, El-Beblawi confirmed to the Saudi leader that Egypt has witnessed growing stability and that the interim-government has paved the road for upcoming cabinets and elections, according to a press release from Egyptian interim government spokesman Hani Salah.

Salah added that the Saudi crown prince stressed that Egypt’s stability is a concern for all Arab countries and a guarantee for the region’s own stability.

The two Arab leaders are scheduled to continue their meeting along with other Egyptian and Saudi officials on Wednesday morning.

El-Beblawi flew to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning, accompanied by Egypt's ministers for housing, petroleum, transportation, planning and investment.

Saudi Arabia has been one of the strongest backers of last July's removal of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi following nationwide protests.

The kingdom, along with the UAE and Kuwait, has since showered Egypt with billions of dollars, in a sign of approval for country's post-Morsi road map.

Al-Ahram's Arabic newspaper reported in January that Saudi plans to give Egypt up to another $4 billion in the form of bank deposits and petroleum products.

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour visited Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah last October. The visit was his first foreign trip as interim leader.

Egyptian foreign ministry summons Qatari envoy

Ahram Online, Tuesday 4 Feb 2014

The Egyptian foreign ministry demands Qatar hand over fugitives from justice, and halt ongoing 'media campaigns' directed against Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Qatari chargĂ© d'affaires on Tuesday to demand thatQatar “stop the media campaigns” against Egypt, according to foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty.

Ambassador Abdelatty also revealed that Egypt had demanded Qatar hand over a number of fugitives currently facing trial.

Several senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood currently reside in the Gulf state.

The Al Jazeera TV network, which is owned by Qatar’s ruling family, saw 20 of its journalists referred to criminal court last week in Egypt for terrorism-related charges, as well for broadcasting false news.

While expressing its respect for the current Egyptian government and for the choices of the Egyptian people, Qatar has repeatedly expressed concern about the ongoing security crackdown against the Brotherhood.

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