IT IS a fact in everyone’s conscience that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt are two wings of the Arab world. If one of the wings fails, the entire Arab world will be incapacitated.
The integrative stages between Egypt and Riyadh are based on this fact. In the last two days, relations between these two countries have been interpreted through a series of historic agreements and memorandums of understanding. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi witnessed the signing ceremony in Cairo.
These achievements of the two countries are added values to the deep-rooted mutual role that the two brotherly countries play in foiling destructive plans of some international circles and Iran’s attempts to attack countries in the region.
In King Salman’s era, this is a new stage of cooperation with countries in the region considering the position of the Kingdom in this part of the world and its weight in the Arab, Islamic and International spectra.
The outcome of this trip is considered a completion of the long cooperation course between the two countries. It also establishes an era that shortens geographical, political and economic distances.
This happens through King Salman’s bridge which will link Africa and Asia via the Kingdom and Egypt, as well as the commercial exchange which will undoubtedly increase especially after signing the double taxation avoidance agreement and easy transportation of goods.
In addition, the outcome of this trip will strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the labor, electricity, agriculture and energy sectors among others – the most important of which is the implementation of King Salman’s program to develop the Sinai Peninsula.
The Sinai program is based on the idea that the shortest way to combat extremism is through human and construction development. If King Salman’s university is for developing scientific abilities of the people in the region; then the agricultural, industrial and residential complexes will help generate job opportunities for Egyptians particularly those from Sinai.
Throughout the past months, some betted on the possibility that relations between these two countries will deteriorate, but the visit on its own merits crushed such bets, specifically the Kingdom’s alleged attempt to revive the Brotherhood by putting pressure on Egypt.
Political discussions between King Salman and el-Sisi affirm that there will be no turning back for the Kingdom regardless of the circumstances, while the long relationship between Saudi Arabia and Egypt cannot be erased by the storm of Brotherhood lies.
Also, some parties in the international circle said that the meeting of the Egyptian and Saudi Arabian forces means the Arab world is keen on moving forward. Therefore, it is now up to others to make decisions not only on regional issues, but the entire Arab world as well.
If the visit and its consequences are considered a new episode in King Salman’s era, it is also a mark in Egypt’s history and its relations with its brothers in the region. This is happening under the leadership of el-Sisi.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times