Saudi crown prince ends Egypt trip, heads to Jordan

CAIRO (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman departed for Jordan after concluding a visit to Egypt on Tuesday after talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The two leaders discussed a wide range of topics, including the relationship between the two regional heavyweights and President Joe Biden’s visit to the Middle East next month, according to el-Sissi’s office.

According to Munster Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, the Saudi Ministry of Commerce, the two countries signed 14 investment agreements worth $7.7 billion in areas such as infrastructure, renewable energy and the pharmaceutical industry.

All but one of the deals are private sector agreements. That includes a $1.5 billion deal between Saudi Arabia’s Acwapower and Egypt’s state-run power company to build wind farms, according to the Egyptian cabinet.

A joint statement also said Saudi Arabia would lead the $30 billion injection into Egypt. The statement did not elaborate.

Bin Salman arrived in Cairo on Monday night for the first leg of his regional tour, which includes stops in Jordan and Turkey. The crown prince received a warm welcome in Cairo: El-Sissi greeted him at the airport on arrival and departure.

Bin Salman left Cairo on Tuesday for Amman to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan, who will also attend a summit hosted by Saudi Arabia with the U.S. president. The summit will include the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iraq and Egypt.

Biden plans to visit Saudi Arabia at the end of his July 13-16 trip to the Middle East, which will include stops in Israel and the occupied West Bank.

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