Rare documents reveal historical Saudi-Egypt ties

Over 20,000 documents in an Egyptian archive reveal long-lasting ties between the two nations

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Recently released documents in a Cairo archive show the long-standing ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Al Arabiya reported on Monday.

The documents, which are estimated to number more than 20,000, are owned by Sharif Aref, the head of a Wafd Party center for studying and documenting the political movement’s history.

Among the documents are a large collection of handwritten letters issued by the Saudi command and its advisory office which was established in Cairo, Aref said.

The office, which was called The Arab Saudi office for Shura, was located at Prince Fouad Street in Cairo’s upscale district of Zamalek.

Royal files

Some of the documents also contain the signatures of deceased Saudi monarchs, including King Saud bin Abdulaziz and King Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Aref added.

Other documents reportedly show the participation of the Saudi army in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

The letters also include royal orders regarding the organization of yearly Islamic pilgrimage trips and how to type guidebooks for performing the duty of Hajj, Aref said.

Aref is currently working on archiving a collection of films on the Saudi command’s support of Egyptian movements that resisted British occupation in the earlier part of the 20th century.

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