Book Highlighting the First Ever Visit by a Saudi Royal to Egypt Has Just Been Released
King Abdul-Aziz 13-day stay in Egypt in 1946 seemed like a lot of fun.
The King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) has just released a book highlighting the first Saudi royal visit to Egypt, by the late King Abdul Aziz, according to Saudi Press Agency.
The book strongly highlights the depth of the historical relationship between both countries. It describes the late king’s 13-day visit of Egypt in 1946, where he visited several cities, facilities, and landmarks, including the Al-Azhar Mosque, the headquarters of the Arab League and Alexandria.
The 438-page book describes King Abdul Aziz’s departure by yacht from Jeddah to Suez, where he was greeted by King Farouk at the Zaafarana palace, before wild celebrations ensued.
He then attended a horse race and military parade at Abdeen Palace, followed by a lunch at the British Embassy in Egypt.
The King Abdul Aziz Foundation claimed that this visit shows how committed the king was to establishing a little brotherly love between the 'Arab and Islamic' states, and promoting cooperation and solidarity between them.
Today, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are still great friends; they are currently working on a joint project aiming to connect the power grids of both countries, not to mention the (highly-controversial) $3 billion Saudi-Egypt causeway bridge that is planning to link the countries between Sinai and northern Saudi Arabia. Also, they have reportedly begun joint military drills on the 8th of October in an Egyptian military base.
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