Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in Egypt

Saudi Arabia's crown prince arrived in Egypt as he begins his first official trip overseas since assuming the powerful role last June.

The Egyptian parliament debated and approved the handover in June previous year, with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ratifying it a week later.

In January 2017, Egypt's supreme administrative court declared void the agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

This prompted France's Emanuel Macron to mediate his return to Lebanon, before Hariri swiftly revoked his resignation.

Saudi and Egyptian officials say the islands belong to the kingdom and were only under Egyptian control because Riyadh had asked Cairo in 1950 to protect them.

Before that, however, he visited Egypt four times (three times in 2015 and once in 2016) after Sisi assumed the presidency in mid-2014.

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Also on Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump called Sisi to discuss with him "regional issues" and "ways of combating terrorism", a statement from the Egyptian presidency said.

"The Egyptian president reaffirmed that the security of the Gulf is an integral part of Egyptian national security", the spokesman added.

The visit "will be interpreted as proof of Saudi support for Sisi to remain as the president of Egypt", Mostafa Kamel al-Sayed, a political science professor at Cairo University, told AFP.

Bin Salman's visit comes a day after Egypt's top constitutional court nullified a lower court ruling that challenges the country's transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia according to a maritime demarcation agreement.

Bin Salman stressed that his keenness to conduct his first foreign visit as Crown Prince "reflects the depth and strength of relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which are bound by common history and one destiny".

Cairo supports Riyadh in its fight against Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen, and previous year joined a Saudi-led boycott of Gulf state Qatar and agreed to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi despite widespread criticism at home.

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