Saudi Arabia To Build Bridge To Egypt
Saudi Arabia has announced plans to build a bridge across the Red Sea to Egypt, in a further demonstration of its commitment to deeper ties with Sunni neighbours.
King Salman made the announcement on the second day of an official visit to Cairo, where he is hoping to restore a relationship that has suffered in recent months. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has softened Egypt’s position against President Basher al-Assad of Syria, now best described as neutral. King Salman also wants to see an increase on Egypt’s contribution of 800 ground troops in Yemen. Egypt has one of the strongest armies in the Arab world.
The bridge will be named after the Saudi King, who explained that the bridge will improve trade between the two nations. “I agreed with my brother his Excellency President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to build a bridge connecting the two countries.
“This historic step to connect the two continents, Africa and Asia, is a qualitative transformation that will increase trade between the two continents to unprecedented levels.”
Saudi Arabia has provided billions of dollars in aid to Egypt since Sisi took power in 2013, seeing the Sunni ally as a key player in checking Iranian Shi’ite influence in the region.