Bridge to link Saudi Arabia and Egypt

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King Salman and President Sisi are close allies

Saudi Arabia’s king has announced that a bridge linking the country to Egypt will be built over the Red Sea.

King Salman said in a statement that the bridge would boost commerce between the two allied countries.

He made the announcement during the second day of his visit to the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi said the bridge would be named after the Saudi king. President Sisi is a close ally of the Saudi government.

“I agreed with my brother his Excellency President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi to build a bridge connecting the two countries” the king said.

“This historic step to connect the two continents, Africa and Asia, is a qualitative transformation that will increase trade between the two continents to unprecedented levels” he added.

A Red Sea bridge linking the two countries has been proposed several times before but has failed to become a reality.

Previous estimates for the bridge project suggested a cost of around $3-4bn, but no further information has yet been released for the latest plan.

‘New chapter’

King Salman is currently on a five-day visit to Egypt, where he is expected to announce more trade and co-operation agreements.

The king was given an honorary doctorate by Cairo University on Thursday and the Order of the Nile medal on Friday.

“Today, we launch a new chapter on the road of Arab joint action,” President Sisi said on Friday.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have given Egypt billions of dollars in financial aid since President Sisi took power in 2013 following mass street protests.

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