A joint closing statement was issued for the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz to the Arab Republic of Egypt, the text of which follows:
Proceeding from the solid historical relations, close brotherly bonds and the common destiny between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab Republic of Egypt and their leaders – may God protect them – and their two brotherly peoples. In response to an invitation from the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister – may God protect him – paid an official visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt on 21-22/11/1443 AH corresponding to 20-21/6 / 2022 AD, and His Excellency President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, was at the head of the recipient of His Highness at Cairo International Airport, and he escorted His Highness to the Federal Palace, where the official reception ceremony took place.
In an atmosphere of affection and brotherhood, which embodies the depth of the close and historical relations between the two brotherly countries, an official session of talks was held between His Excellency President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and his brother, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Excellency the Egyptian President welcomed his brother, His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and expressed his happiness with His Highness’s visit, which frames distinguished bilateral relations and pushes them to broader horizons in all fields. During the session, the well-established historical relations between the two brotherly countries were reviewed, and the level of cooperation and coordination between them at all levels was commended. They also discussed ways to develop and develop relations in all fields, in a manner that enhances and achieves the interests of the two brotherly countries and peoples. They also addressed the latest developments in the region and the world, stressing the unity of the two countries. A common position and destiny towards all regional and international issues and developments of common interest.
Part of President Sisi’s reception of Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the airport
In the economic and commercial affairs, the two sides agreed to strengthen the economic, investment and trade partnership between the two brotherly countries, and move it to broader horizons to live up to the strength of the historical and strategic relationship between them by achieving integration between the opportunities available through the vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2030 and the vision of the Arab Republic of Egypt 2030. The two sides affirmed their determination To increase the pace of investment cooperation and trade exchange and stimulate partnerships between the private sector in the two countries, and join efforts to create a fertile and stimulating investment environment that supports a number of targeted sectors, including tourism, energy, health care, transportation, logistics, communications and information technology, and real estate development. and agriculture.
The two sides welcomed the huge investment and trade deals and agreements announced between the private sectors of the two countries, amounting to 8 billion US dollars, equal to about (30 billion Saudi riyals and approximately 145 billion Egyptian pounds) during the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. It was also announced that Saudi Arabia intends to lead investments in Egypt worth $30 billion. The two sides affirmed their keenness to promote increased investments between the two countries and to intensify communication between the private sector in the two countries to discuss investment and commercial opportunities and facilitate any difficulties they might face.
The two sides also announced, regarding cooperation between them in the field of renewable energy generation, the implementation of an electric power project with a capacity of 10 gigawatts through ACWA Power.
The two sides praised the volume of intra-trade between the two brotherly countries, which reflects the depth and sustainability of economic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab Republic of Egypt. between the two brotherly countries. The Kingdom praised the economic reforms pursued by the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the two sides affirmed their keenness to enhance joint economic cooperation, which aims to achieve stability and economic prosperity for the two brotherly peoples and enhances their ability to overcome the challenges imposed by recent international crises.
The two sides affirmed their determination to conclude negotiations for an agreement to protect and encourage investment, sign and ratify it by both sides as soon as possible, within the framework of their common concern to provide a safe investment environment and to provide laws that stimulate and attract investment in them.
In the field of environment and climate change, and based on the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in facing the challenges of climate change and preserving the environment and supporting the Arab Republic of Egypt in hosting the session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27); The two sides agreed that the Green Middle East Initiative summit and the Saudi Green Initiative forum will be held during the period of the Conference of Parties on Climate Change in Sharm El Sheikh.
On the health and educational aspects, the two sides expressed their aspiration to enhance cooperation in the health field, and affirmed their keenness to support global initiatives to confront current and future health risks and challenges. The two sides welcomed the raising of the level of scientific and educational cooperation between the two countries. The two sides called for raising the level of cooperation in the fields of higher education, research and innovation, and encouraging universities, scientific institutions and research centers in the two countries to enhance research cooperation in areas of common interest.
In the matter of tourism and culture, the two sides stressed the importance of cooperation in the field of tourism, the development of the tourism movement in the two countries, and the exploration of the tourism potentials that each country has, in addition to strengthening joint action regarding sustainable tourism that benefits the tourism sector and its development, and strengthening cultural cooperation between the two countries. Participating in cultural events and exhibitions for each of them, and unifying the visions and orientations of international organizations related to cultural affairs, especially with regard to intangible heritage files.
In the political matter, the two sides affirmed their determination to enhance cooperation on all political issues and seek to formulate common positions that preserve their security and stability for the two brotherly countries, and the importance of continued coordination and consultation regarding developments and developments in all bilateral and multilateral forums, in a way that contributes to achieving security, stability and prosperity in the two brotherly countries and the region. .
The two sides reviewed regional and international issues of common interest, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue, where the two sides stressed the need to intensify efforts to reach a comprehensive and just settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and to find a real horizon for returning to serious and effective negotiations to achieve peace, in accordance with the principle of the two-state solution, and relevant international legitimacy resolutions. The relationship and the Arab Peace Initiative, in a way that guarantees the Palestinian people their right to establish their independent state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
On the Yemeni issue, the two sides renewed their full support for the international and regional efforts aimed at reaching a comprehensive political solution to the crisis in Yemen, based on the Gulf initiative and its implementation mechanisms, the outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue, and Security Council Resolution No. (2216). The Egyptian side praised the Kingdom’s efforts and its many initiatives aimed at encouraging dialogue and reconciliation between the Yemeni parties and ending the war in Yemen, and its role in providing and facilitating humanitarian access to all regions of Yemen. The two sides affirmed their support for the Presidential Leadership Council and its supporting entities; To enable him to exercise his duties in implementing effective policies and initiatives that would achieve security and stability in Yemen. They also affirmed their support for the UN armistice agreement in Yemen and welcomed the announcement of its extension. The Saudi side appreciated Egypt’s response to the request of the legitimate Yemeni government and the United Nations to operate direct flights between Cairo and Sanaa in support of that armistice and to alleviate the human suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people created by the terrorist Houthi militia, and both sides stressed their condemnation The Houthi terrorist militia’s attacks on civilian objects and vital facilities in the Kingdom, its threat to the security and safety of international sea lanes, and its intransigence in the face of efforts for a political solution to end the crisis in Yemen.
On the Iraqi issue, the two sides expressed their aspiration for the Iraqi parties to reach a formula to form a comprehensive government that works to achieve the aspirations of the brotherly Iraqi people in security, stability, development and confronting terrorist organizations, and pushes Iraq’s relations with its Arab brothers to broader and broader horizons in light of what binds the peoples of the Arab world from Brotherhood, unity, common destiny and goals.
On the Sudanese issue, the two sides affirmed their continued support for the success of the transitional phase, as well as the importance of dialogue between all Sudanese parties, in a way that contributes to preserving political and economic gains, and achieves unity among all components of the brotherly Sudanese people.
On the Lebanese issue, the two sides affirmed their keenness on the security, stability and unity of the Lebanese territories, and the importance of continuing efforts aimed at preserving the Arab identity, security and stability of Lebanon, supporting the role of the Lebanese state institutions, and carrying out the necessary reforms to ensure that Lebanon overcomes its crisis, and not be a starting point for any terrorist acts and an incubator for organizations and terrorist groups that destabilize the security and stability of the region, and not be a source or transit point for drug smuggling.
Sisi and Mohammed bin Salman in front of the Federal Palace
In the Syrian issue, the two sides stressed the importance of reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis in a way that achieves the aspirations of the brotherly Syrian people and preserves Syria’s unity and territorial integrity. UN Special Envoy for Syria.
On the Libyan issue, the two sides stressed the need to preserve the unity and integrity of the Libyan territories, and the importance of the Libyan brothers reaching a Libyan / Libyan solution based on the Libyan ownership of the settlement without any dictates or external interference, leading to holding the presidential and parliamentary elections simultaneously. The Saudi side valued Egypt’s efforts to restore Libya’s security, unity and sovereignty, and generously hosted the work of the Libyan constitutional track in coordination with the United Nations, which allowed the Libyan brothers free space to chart the future of their country.
The two sides stressed the importance of supporting the role of Libyan institutions and assuming their responsibilities. In this context, they praised the sincere national efforts and the legitimate procedures and decisions issued by the Libyan House of Representatives, as it is the elected legislative body that expresses the aspirations of the brotherly Libyan people. The two sides also stressed the importance of immediately starting to implement the exit of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya without exception or procrastination and within a specific timeframe, in implementation of Security Council Resolutions Nos. 2570 and 2571, the outcomes of the Paris Summit, the Berlin Process, the League of Arab States, the African Union, and the Libya Neighboring Countries Mechanism, and expressed support for the efforts of The related 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee, as well as the preservation of the ceasefire agreement in order to preserve the security, stability and capabilities of Libya.
The two sides agreed on the necessity of supporting international efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, ensuring the peacefulness of Iran’s nuclear program, strengthening the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency, maintaining the non-proliferation regime, and the importance of supporting efforts to establish a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. In a manner that contributes to achieving regional and international peace and stability and supporting Arab efforts to urge Iran to abide by the international principles of non-interference in the affairs of Arab countries, to preserve the principles of good neighborliness, and to spare the region all destabilizing activities, including supporting armed militias and threatening maritime navigation and international trade lines.
With regard to the Renaissance Dam crisis, the Saudi side affirmed its full support for Egyptian water security as an integral part of Arab water security, and urged Ethiopia not to take any unilateral measures regarding the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the importance of negotiating in good faith with Egypt and Sudan to reach a binding legal agreement in In this regard, in implementation of the presidential statement issued by the Security Council in September 2021 AD, in order to avoid the damage caused by this project to the downstream countries, and to enhance cooperation between the peoples of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. The Saudi side expressed its full solidarity with the Arab Republic of Egypt in all the measures it takes to protect its national security.
For its part, the Egyptian side expressed its full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in all the measures it takes to protect its national security, and stressed its rejection of any attacks on the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, stressing that the security of the two countries is indivisible.
On the security front, the two sides praised the level of security cooperation and coordination between the two countries, and expressed their desire to enhance this in order to achieve security and stability for the two brotherly countries. The two sides commended their efforts in the field of combating terrorism and its financing, and their joint efforts within the framework of the International Center for Targeting the Financing of Terrorism.
At the conclusion of the visit, His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister – may God protect him – expressed his thanks and appreciation to His Excellency President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, for the warm reception and hospitality he received and the accompanying delegation during their stay. In their second country, the Arab Republic of Egypt.