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Egypt`s Mursi leaves for Saudi on 1st foreign trip

Last Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 10:45

Cairo: Egypt`s Islamist President is flying to Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip, underscoring the traditionally close ties between the two regional powerhouses.

Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood has said his administration has no plans to "export" Egypt`s revolution, an implicit reassurance to Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, nervous over the possibility of Arab Spring revolts reaching their shores.

Thousands of Brotherhood members sought refuge in Saudi Arabia in the 1950s and 1960s to escape crackdowns by Gamal Abdel-Nasser, Egypt`s ruler at the time.

But Saudi Arabia`s own problems with violent Islamist groups have cooled its ties with groups espousing political Islam, like the Brotherhood.

Some 1.6 million Egyptians live and work in Saudi Arabia, which is one of the biggest investors in Egypt.


First Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 10:45
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