Saudi ambassador returns to Egypt after diplomatic feud (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By DPA 05/06/12)
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Saudi Arabia´s ambassador to Egypt, Ahmed Kattan, returned to Cairo
Saturday, a week after he was recalled following protests in front of
the kingdom´s embassy, airport officials said.
Kattan arrived with a delegation of officials to the Cairo embassy as
well as the Saudi consulates in the cities of Alexandria and Suez,
which will resume normal operations Sunday.
Saudi King Abdullah ordered Kattan´s return after meeting an Egyptian
delegation of more than 100 people led by the speaker of the
parliament, Saad al-Katatni, in Riyadh on Friday.
Saudi Arabia last week recalled its ambassador and closed its embassy
in Cairo and other consulates after angry Egyptians demonstrated
outside, demanding the release of an Egyptian human rights lawyer who
was arrested in the kingdom.
The monarch said that the protesters had "violated and threatened the
safety of the Saudi missions."
Saudi authorities said the lawyer, Ahmed al-Gizawi, was detained on
April 17 for allegedly carrying drugs.
Egyptian activists, however, said he was arrested on arrival in the
kingdom for filing a lawsuit in Egypt against Abdullah over the
alleged detention of hundreds of Egyptians living there.
In Egypt, the case has reignited anger against the oil-rich kingdom,
which is home to Islam´s holiest sites, for previous cases of alleged
ill-treatment of Egyptians. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/06/12)
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