Saudi King to Meet Egyptian Delegation Amid Row (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/03/12)
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An Egyptian delegation led by the heads of Cairo´s two houses of
parliament will meet with Saudi King Abdullah on Friday in hopes of
easing tensions between the two countries.
According to Egypt´s semi-official al-Ahram the delegation will be
comprised of 150 lawmakers and prominent writers making a bid to thaw
Egyptian-Saudi ties, added the paper.
Saad Al Katatni, the speaker of the Egyptian legislature, and Ahmad
Fahmi, the chief of the consultative Shura Council, will lead the
Saudi Arabia last week recalled its ambassador to Egypt, and closed
its embassy and consulates in the country following protests, which
the oil-rich kingdom called "hostile and unjustified".
The protests were held after an Egyptian rights lawyer was arrested
in Saudi Arabia for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the
Egyptian protesters charge the lawyer was arrested for filing a
lawsuit over the detention of Egyptians in Saudi Arabia.
The delegation is due to arrive Thursday evening in the Saudi capital
of Riyahd, where they will be welcomed by Saudi Foreign Minister Saud
A spokesman for the group told al-Ahram there were "almost positive
indications of successful efforts" that the Saudi envoy will return
The crisis is said to be the worst between the two countries since
the late 1970s when most Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia,
suspended their ties with Egypt over its peace treaty with Israel.
Relations were re-established in the 1980s after the now-toppled
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak took over.
However, in recent months, members of the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation
Council have charged the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups
have been trying to destabilize their monarchies.
The Brotherhood, which has come to power as the largest parliamentary
faction in Cairo and leads an Islamist coalition, has chapters in
numerous Arab countries.
They have been accused of stirring up unrest in both Jordan and
Syria, as well as the Gulf region. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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