Sisi in Riyadh to patch-up Saudi-Egypt rift

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued more than 40 royal decrees Saturday night to revise top names in government including the Ambassador to Washington, the Vice President of Intelligence, the Commander of the Land Forces and some ministers.

Two days later, Sisi assured US President Donald Trump that the deal will take place, a US-based Egyptian diplomat told The New Arab.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a royal decree on Friday restoring financial allowances that had previously been cut for civil servants and military personnel as part of austerity measures in the kingdom.

Last April, the Saudi king visited Egypt and they concluded the demarcation deal during official meetings. He's also scrapped cuts made a year ago to state employees' pay, prompted by oil revenue falls.

"Prince Abdullah bin Faysal bin Turki removed as ambassador to the US".

But the move came after Egypt voted in favour of a Russian-drafted UN Security Council resolution on Syria that Saudi Arabia strongly opposed.

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Late previous year, the Arab News reported that Araj was under investigation by the kingdom's anti-corruption commission for the alleged "irregular hiring" of his son.

After el-Sissi toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, when Sissi was head of the Egyptian army, Saudi Arabia supported Egypt with billions of dollars in aid.

"The royal order returns all allowances, financial benefits, and bonuses to civil servants and military staff", said state-run Ekhbariya TV.

Several new governors were also appointed on Saturday Prince Abdulaziz bin Saad to be in charge of Hail province and Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan charged to lead the Northern Border region of Saudi Arabia.

Bloomberg News said from July the Saudi government planned to impose a levy on foreign workers with dependents.

Cairo has said the islands were Saudi territory that had been leased to Egypt in the 1950s. Saudis typically favor jobs in the public sector, where hours are shorter.

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