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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday met with Saudi intelligence chief Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdel-Aziz, according to a statement issued by the Egyptian presidency.
The presidency added that the Saudi intelligence chief had delivered a message from Saudi King Abdullah, who lauded Egypt's role in the fight against terrorism.
The Saudi King also offered to renovate Egypt's roughly 1,000-year-old Al-Azhar Mosque.
The moves reflect Saudi Arabia's appreciation for the role of Egypt's Al-Azhar institution, the highest seat of religious learning in the Sunni-Muslim world, in spreading the principles of moderate Islam in the region.
"Al-Sisi, for his part, expressed his appreciation for the Saudi king's offer," the Egyptian presidency noted.
It added that al-Sisi's meeting with the Saudi intelligence chief had also focused on means of bolstering relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
"The meeting also dwelt on issues of mutual concern, including the situations in Iraq, Syria and Libya," the presidency said.
The statement did not, however, divulge how long the Saudi spymaster planned to stay in Cairo.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt were among 12 countries – including the U.S. – to have sent foreign ministers to Jeddah last week for a conference devoted to regional terrorist threats.Last Mod: 19 Eylül 2014, 09:37