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The Middle East’s richest country, Saudi Arabia and its most populous, Egypt this week signed agreements and MoUs in excess of $55bn to “boost economic development and strengthen political and military ties and solidarity.”
The agreements were signed during a 7-11 April visit to Cairo by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, his first since taking the throne in January 2015.
The Arab world is currently facing an existential threat from Islamic fundamentalists of the so called Islamic State (IS), which controls large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, while Egypt’s Sinai peninsula has been plagued by attacks from jihadist militants.
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