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Egypt, Saudi Arabia sign pact

( In the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a pact boosting military and economic cooperation between the two leading Arab Sunni Muslim states. On Thursday, July 30, a Saudi delegation led by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Cairo and met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, where they attended a military parade together. “The two sides stressed the need to exert all efforts to boost security and stability in the region, and to work together to protect Arab national security,” Sisi’s office said, AFP reported.

According to the “Cairo Declaration,” both sides will work towards developing military cooperation, including establishing a Joint Arab Force, as well as enhancing joint cooperation and investment in the fields of energy, electricity and transportation, Al-Ahram reported. In a possible reference to the threat posed by ISIS, both countries also said they will strengthen cooperation in politics, culture and media “to jointly counter the dangers of the current regional destabilization.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. announced that it will deliver eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt within the next two days; an additional four F-16s will be delivered in the fall.

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