Emirati mediation to contain Egypt-Saudi disagreement, sources

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, discussed during his visit to Cairo on Thursday ways to contain disagreements between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, informed sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Saturday.

Sheikh Mohammed met the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Thursday to take stock of regional and global issues, media outlets reported in Egypt and UAE.

Egypt had voted in favor of two different proposals on Syria at the UN Security Council last month, angering Saudi Arabia. Shortly after, Saudi Aramco halted fuel supplies to Egypt indefinitely, giving no reasons.

Sheikh Mohammed explained to the Egyptian leadership the need to bridge the gap in viewpoints between Cairo and Riyadh in several files relating to the Middle East and Iran.

He pointed out that Riyadh is keen to unify views with respect to the existing conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, and Tehran's attempts to expand its influence within the inflamed areas.

The sources added that Cairo confirmed its support of the Arab stances; it also reiterated that its relations with Saudi Arabia cannot be exposed to any crises or threats, pointing out that things are being studied carefully, with the change in situation after Donald Trump's recent win of the US presidency.

The sources said that Saudi Arabia is currently considering a proposal to hold an international conference, where it will invite all its allies and other countries to support KSA against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). This recently-voted act in the US allows families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged participation in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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