Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, holds a press conference with his South African counterpart on March 27, 2016 in Riyadh. AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Despite years of diverging priorities, Saudi Arabia and Egypt remain fundamental to each other's security, a message King Salman's visit to Cairo this week is intended to reinforce. The rare foreign trip by the 80-year-old Saudi ruler will counter media commentary in both countries of discord between the richest Arab state and the most populous, to show Riyadh still backs Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.However, with Iraq, Syria and Yemen immersed in civil war, and Saudi Arabia preoccupied by its own regionwide tussle with Iran, Riyadh is determined to stop the Egyptian state from failing.In recent months, groups of Egyptian ministers have flown to Riyadh almost weekly for meetings with their Saudi counterparts, a diplomat said, and officials are planning to unveil Saudi investments of $4 billion this week.Western diplomats in Cairo and the Gulf said this strained ties somewhat, but that Riyadh had ultimately accepted Egypt's reasoning and its public pronouncements that it would defend Saudi Arabia from any external threat.
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