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Egypt Sides with Saudi Arabia Against Canada Political ‘Intrusion’

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Egypt Sides with Saudi Arabia Against Canada Political ‘Intrusion’

File photo of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabian Kingdom Mohamed bin Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

Egypt stated on Tuesday that it was following the development of the crisis between Canada and Saudi Arabia; moreover, it expressed its ”solidarity”’ with the latter against  external interference in its domestic affairs.

The ”firm stance” was stated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid, in an official statement which was issued on the Ministry’ Facebook page. In it, the statement read that the crisis was ”a direct result of the negative tendency adopted recently by some international and regional parties to intervene in the internal affairs of many countries in the region.”

The Ministry also expressed that it rejected any attempts to undermine Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia ordered the ambassador of Canada to leave Riyadh in 24 hours, recalled its ambassador from Ottawa and froze all new business and investment transactions with Canada . The latter was accused of interfering in the case of the arrests of civil society activists, calling for their release.

A tweet shared by UAE’s Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed seemed to echo the same stance.

While Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been at the spotlight for controversial cases, such as ownership of Tiran and Sanafir islands, the two countries’ bilateral relations are significant in the Middle East. In March, Egypt has dedicated about 1,000 square kilometers of land in South Sinai to Saudi Arabia for a megacity project worth of $US 10 billion as part of NEOM project.

The NEOM Project is a Saudi project launched by bin Salman which aims at introducing seven megacities to the borders of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in the Gulf of Aqaba to further enrich the oil-dependent economy in the coming years.

Last year, Fawaz Al-Hokair Saudi group planned to allocate $US 100 million for solar energy projects in Egypt in 2017.

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Cairo-based and with nine years of experience in journalism, Sara is deputy editor-in-chief and managing editor of Egyptian Streets. She holds two Bachelors (Egyptology and Journalism) from the American University in Cairo (2011). Her interests include history, comparative archaeology, gender, religion, minority rights, science fiction, and the environment.

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