January 21, 2016, shows China's President Xi Jinping (R) and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) review the honour guard during a welcome ceremony in the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY / Egyptian presidency
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Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a slew of trade deals with Egypt's leader Thursday as part of a regional tour aimed at bolstering Beijing's economic ties and clout in the Middle East.After arriving late Wednesday from Saudi Arabia, Xi held talks with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and was to address the Cairo-based Arab League.As well as addressing the Arab League, Xi was to visit Egypt's newly convened parliament, which was sworn in earlier this month after elections dominated by pro-government candidates.Few details have emerged of Xi's talks with leaders in Riyadh but he had been expected to seek to ease tensions between Saudi Arabia, the region's main Sunni power, and Shiite rival Iran.
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