Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s tour, which includes Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, is of great importance in terms of timing and goals.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz will embark on a 3-day tour on Monday, starting with a visit to Egypt, through the Kingdom of Jordan, and then Turkey.
During the tour, the Saudi Crown Prince will discuss with the leaders of the three countries a number of regional and international issues, and ways to strengthen relations in various areas.
This is the Saudi Crown Prince’s first foreign tour outside the Gulf region since the Corona pandemic in early 2020, and the second in 6 months outside the country.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman toured last December before the last Gulf summit, which lasted 5 days, during which he visited the Sultanate of Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait respectively.
Of particular importance
The tour carries special significance for more than one reason. In terms of timing, it comes less than a month before the expected Jeddah summit on July 16 with US President Joe Biden, who was called by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and King Jordanian King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi.
Therefore, the coordination of Arab positions on regional and international issues before the summit will be an essential item in the forefront in the discussions of the Saudi Crown Prince’s tour with the leaders of the countries he visits.
During his tour, the Saudi Crown Prince will discuss a number of regional and international issues with the leaders of the three countries, of which the Iranian nuclear issue is the most important, efforts to end the war in Yemen, the repercussions of the Russo-Ukrainian war on the region, and the strengthening of relations in various fields between these countries and the Kingdom.
There is a general consensus on the importance of formulating a regional alliance with political, security and economic dimensions to coordinate positions, unite visions and promote integration in a way that contributes to supporting security and stability in the region, and the challenges it faces.
Also in terms of timing, the tour coincides with the 5th anniversary of the promise of allegiance to Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia on 21 June 2017.
The tour comes at this time to enhance the success of Prince Mohammed bin Salman – under the dictates of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz – to maximize the Kingdom’s stature and dedicate its weight regionally and internationally and to outstanding achievements. to achieve local and international levels.
The Saudis celebrate this occasion with their hearts filled with feelings of love, gratitude and appreciation for the Crown Prince as they witness and witness the development achievements and historical reforms that are taking place in their country on various levels.
The Saudi Crown Prince’s tour also comes at an important time. The region is witnessing unprecedented political and economic conditions and challenges, against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis, and its repercussions and challenges that have affected several countries of the world.
The Saudi Crown Prince’s new tour, which will last for three days, includes Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, all of which are countries that have their weight and stature in the region and the international community, and the strengthening of economic cooperation with them. – through talks or agreements that are expected to be signed – will in particular benefit the development and support of the four countries and support security and stability In the region in general, especially during that period when the world and the Arab region are suffering from the repercussions of the Ukrainian crisis.
One of the main objectives of the tour will be to improve cooperation with the economies of fraternal and friendly countries during this time, with a view to developing societies, diversifying sources of income and supporting the economic system of these countries.
The UAE, Egypt and Jordan have had exemplary experience in this regard, after the three countries signed an agreement on 29 May for the “Integrative Industrial Partnership for Sustainable Economic Development”.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE believe that the changes taking place in the world require deepening economic partnerships between the countries of the Arab region, inventing new formulas for cooperation between them, improving their integration and investing the qualitative benefits of each country, with the purpose. of achieving sustainable development and strengthening the response to general challenges and global crises and the expansion of autonomy, especially in vital sectors.Related to national security such as food, health, energy, industry, etc.
The promising “NEOM” project bringing together the Kingdom, Egypt and Jordan, launched in 2017 by the Saudi Crown Prince, is also an inspiring model of the importance of cooperation and Arab integration in the interests of all.
And the NEOM project, which is an integrated investment city in the northwest of the Kingdom, stretching to Egypt and Jordan, and the project serves the economic reality in the region and attracts more investment to it for the benefit of the economies of the three countries .
Strengthening bilateral relations
Strengthening bilateral relations with the countries covered by the tour is also one of its main objectives, while the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to Turkey is of particular importance, as it is a confirmation that a new page is being turned, especially after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the Kingdom at the end of last April.
The expected summit on Monday between Saudi Crown Prince and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the second in three months after the summit they convened in Riyadh on March 8.
During the course, they reviewed aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries and opportunities to develop them in various fields, developments in the regional and international situations and efforts made towards them, in addition to discussing all issues of common interest.
The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to Jordan on Tuesday comes after about a month of telephone talks he had with King Abdullah II, which dealt with the well-established fraternal relations between the two countries, and the latest developments in the region and the world.
Discussions, during which the Jordanian monarch emphasized the importance of maintaining coordination and consultation between the two countries on various issues of common interest, and the zeal to expand bilateral cooperation.
The expected summit between the Saudi crown prince and the Turkish president on Wednesday is the second in 6 weeks after the summit they convened during Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Jeddah on April 29.
And at the end of last April, Erdogan visited Saudi Arabia for the first time since 2017 and met King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
During the meeting, they reviewed the Saudi-Turkish relations and opportunities for their development in various areas, in addition to the latest regional and international developments and the efforts made in their regard.