Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump

The visit will be a consultation on various regional and worldwide issues of common concern, especially the fight against terrorism in the region, as well as among the global community.

Saudi Arabia also suspended all memoranda of understanding and agreements signed with Sisi during Salman's visit to Cairo in April 2016.

Prince Khaled, the new ambassador, is an air force pilot who flew missions as part of that anti-IS coalition, said Salman al-Ansari, president of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC).

His decrees saw a new national security centre created under the Royal Court.

Egyptian Ambassador Nasser Hamdy earlier said the talks would touch on strategic bilateral relations and regional and global issues, notably the war on terror.

The Egyptian presidency said El-Sisi's visit came in response to an invitation by King Salman last month when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the Arab League Summit held in Jordan.

However, there have recently been indicators that relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia are witnessing improvement as Aramco resumed oil product shipments to Egypt some six months after halting them suddenly.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrived in Riyadh on Sunday in an official visit with high profile delegation, Al Arabiya local news reported.

Ties between Cairo and Riyadh had also suffered after an agreement to hand over to Saudi Arabia two Red Sea islands, signed during a visit by Salman to Cairo previous year, was blocked by a court ruling.

Cairo has said the islands were Saudi territory which had been leased to Egypt in the 1950s.

Egypt agreed to hand over two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia but this hasn't gone as planned for either government.

In October, Saudi Arabia abruptly suspended oil aid to Egypt just days after Cairo backed a UN Security Council resolution on Syria drafted by Bashar al-Assad's ally Russian Federation.

Saudi Arabia is opposed to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to which Morsi belongs.

  • Leroy Wright