Tales of differences between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

During the past few months, many have spoken about an alleged “dispute” between Saudi Arabia and Egypt. However, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman put an end to these allegations when he said during an interview last week that “relations with Egypt are solid.”

It’s no secret that Egypt and Saudi Arabia have different visions regarding some affairs. This is widely known. And here I emphasize the word “some,” since those who are drowned in illusions celebrated these differences and viewed them as the basis for “severing relations” when in fact there are only differences and not a “dispute.”

Egypt has its own vision regarding the Syrian crisis and is different than Saudi Arabia’s. Everyone knows that. Having different points of view regarding an affair or two does not mean abandoning cooperation on 100 other affairs which they agree on.

Having different points of view regarding an affair or two does not mean abandoning cooperation on 100 other affairs which they agree on

Turki Aldakhil

Amid this uncontrolled media criticism, Egypt announced that its operations with the Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen will continue and condemned the malicious roles which some parties in the region play. Egypt is also one of the founding members of the Arab and Islamic alliances. News reports are one thing but the wisdom and awareness of Egypt and Saudi Arabia’s leaders are something else.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are the wings of the Arab world. Wisdom among any two brotherly countries is always based on “organizing differences” until the reasons behind these differences end.

Differences are the norm, but what is strange here is the practice of exaggerating them.

This article was first published in Okaz on May 8.

Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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