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Speaking about choosing Egypt to be Bin Salman's first stop in his first foreign tour, Fahmy said that Egypt is a country with weight, pointing out "it is normal for Cairo to be the first foreign stop for Prince Mohammed Bin Salman".

And Prince Mohammed regards maintaining a close and constructive relationship with the United Kingdom as being vital to the reform programme's chances of success, as he made clear when, prior to his arrival in London, I had an exclusive interview with him for the Daily Telegraph at his impressive residence in the upmarket Riyadh suburb of Irqah.

The 32-year-old future Saudi king reportedly discussed trade, the ongoing conflict in Yemen-where a kingdom-led coalition has been combating Iranian-allied Houthis since 2015-and rival Iran with the Egyptian president.

Saudi Arabia is working with Egypt and Jordan to attract more European cruise and tourism companies from the Mediterranean to consider operating in the Red Sea.

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"We have a common interest that goes back to the earliest days of the relationship", he said, adding: "Our relationship with Britain today is super".

He said both countries were seeking closer ties in sectors such as education and technology as well as security. "People need to be able to move freely, and we need to apply the same standards as the rest of the world". An official said the Kingdom was now negotiating with more than seven tourism-related operators.

Which explains why Prince Mohammed is going out of his way to stress the importance of the UK-Saudi relationship during this week's visit to Britain.

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

Promoting a more moderate form of Islam is one of the more ambitious promises made by Prince Mohammed under plans to transform Saudi and reduce its reliance on oil. "Welcome to your second country", said one; another read "Saudi and Egypt are one hand, one nation".

'The extremists and the terrorists are linked through spreading their agenda. Because of our dominant position, Saudi Arabia is the key to the economic success of the region'.

"The new Saudi-Egyptian agreement will certainly make an obvious economic leap in Egypt", he pointed out.

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