Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s new chairman, has stated he and Saudi’s King Abdullah have held “security” talks centered on territorial stableness, according to the SPA news agency.
State-run media told on Thursday the talks were held after a late night assembling between the 2 leaders.
“Our discourses were profitable and positive and in the interest of Egypt, of Saudi Arabia and of the people of the region,” Morsi said to reporters in Saudi’s southern port city of Jeddah at the end of Wednesday night’s meeting.
“Everything [King Abdullah] told was in the concern of the future, of the region and of Egypt,” he told, adding that the king spoke with “wisdom and knowledge and love for the Egyptian people”.
Morsi came to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for his first foreign trip since taking office and met first with King Abdullah and then with Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, who had greeted him on his arrival.
Few details were given on the talks between Morsi and Abdullah, although the Egyptian president told territorial stableness was a central focus of their discussions.
“The stableness of the region depends upon the stableness of Egypt and the Gulf, at the head of which stands Saudi Arabia,” he stated.
Morsi stated he preferred Saudi Arabia for his first official visit due to the “deep rooted and historical relationship common between the 2 countries.”
Tensions have long existed between the Gulf kingdom, where the strict Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam applies, and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, moderate Islamists who were thrust to power by the Arab Spring revolt that swept the country last year.