Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince signs $10bn mega-city deal during Cairo visit

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince signs $10bn mega-city deal during Cairo visit

A few months later, the Egyptian parliament, along with al-Sisi, ratified the deal.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has received Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri during his first trip to the kingdom since relations became strained over his brief and weird resignation late a year ago.

In February, 14 worldwide and Egyptian rights groups published a joint statement, accusing Sisi of having "trampled all over even the minimum requirements for free and fair elections".

Salman has encouraged strong economic cooperation with Egypt and Sisi's ambitious projects.

President El Sisi and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a bilateral session of talks, followed by an expanded meeting attended by the two countries' delegations.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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The Crown Prince also expressed hope that the visit will give momentum to the strategic relations between the two "brotherly countries" on the official and popular levels, and to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields in order to enhance joint Arab and Islamic action in face of dangers and threats.

As Egypt tries to keep a lid on any internal unrest, it has sided firmly with Saudi Arabia on key foreign policy issues including the face-off between the Sunni kingdom and its Shi'ite foe Iran.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman's two-day visit to Cairo comes ahead of a scheduled trip to Britain on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and the United States from March 19-22.

On Saturday, Crown Prince Mohammed received Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh.

The addressed developments in the Middle East, regional security and stability and combating terrorism.

The crown prince's visit to the United States in late March, which a Saudi government source said could include multiple cities, would highlight the Trump administration's efforts to sign a nuclear cooperation accord with Saudi Arabia.