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King Salman and the Saudi-Egyptian alliance

Saudi King Salman highlighted the strength and significance of the Egyptian-Saudi alliance...

Mashari Althaydi

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During his address to Egypt’s parliament, Saudi King Salman highlighted the strength and significance of the Egyptian-Saudi alliance, describing it as “a blessed start for our Arab and Islamic world to achieve balance following years of imbalance.” He added: “Experiences have proven that work within a joint alliance makes us stronger.”

For the last decade or more, the Arabs’ situation has been disrupted by other powers that seek to serve their own interests. Sometimes, these interests were all about diminishing the power of Arab countries. From among those that influence the regional situation, only Egypt and Gulf states, primarily Saudi Arabia, survived the political and security chaos resulting from the strife of the Arab Spring.

The Egyptian-Saudi alliance is the solid pillar that will preserve the interests of the Arab people

Mshari al-Thaydi

Egypt is struggling to maintain the state’s pillars, solidify the authority of institutions and preserve peace. The last step toward completing the state’s institutions was electing MPs. Parliament speaker Ali Abdel Al said Saudi Arabia and Egypt were the driving force of the Arab world. This is true, not a dreamy line of poetry.

Terrorism

Religious terrorism aims to harm Arab stability. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are together in the confrontation against this evil. Egypt has courageously fought it, and Saudi Arabia defeated Al-Qaeda and similar groups domestically, and is tackling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

King Salman told parliament that “cooperation with Egypt will speed up the elimination of terrorism based on the conviction of both the Saudi and Egyptian people that we are brotherly countries linked to each other. [This conviction] is the basic pillar of our relations on all levels.”

The Egyptian-Saudi alliance is the solid pillar that will preserve the interests of the Arab people. Egypt represents history, power and civilization, and Saudi Arabia is a source of energy and hope for investment opportunities.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on Apr. 11, 2016.
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Saudi journalist Mshari al-Thaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia and the Gulf at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and the social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and TV programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.

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