Egypt president in Saudi Arabia to reaffirm ties

Saudi Arabia supported Egypt with billions of dollars in aid after the ouster of the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Al-Sisi's visit is the first after the tension that had taken over the bilateral relations between the two countries in October 2016. But it immediately provoked outrage in Egypt, and was subsequently blocked by a court ruling, signed during a visit by Salman to Cairo a year ago.

Prince Khaled is a former F-15 pilot who graduated military-aviation training from Columbus Air Force Base in MS in 2009 and took part in anti-IS strikes in 2014 as part of the US -led coalition.

Alsheikh and other key officials highlighted trends pointing to economic recovery.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman was named state minister for energy affairs.

The army is helping to defend Saudi Arabia's southern border from rebel incursions but analysts say that, in Yemen itself, coalition troops from the United Arab Emirates have the most prominence in ground operations being conducted with local forces.

King Salman also issued a royal decree to restore financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had previously been cut.

Salman on Saturday ended the restrictions on compensation for state workers because he is "keen to provide comfort to the Saudi citizens", a decree said, as the kingdom prepares to increase electricity and other prices.

Adel Al-Toraifi was relieved from his position as Saudi information and culture minister with former ambassador to Germany Awwad al-Awwad announced to replace him.

Minister of State Mohammed Alsheikh said Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recommended the change after better-than-expected budgetary performance in the first quarter of 2017.

Civil Service Minister Khaled Al-Arj was also fired and Ibrahim al-Omar was announced as the new governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.

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