Western sources stated that despite Egypt’s gratitude to the Saudi economic support which amounted to $ 15 billion since 2013, and its promise of investments over the next five years which is worth $ 8 billion, the two countries do not have the same foreign policy agendas.
The sources said that the heart of the conflict between Egypt and Saudi Arabia lies in the attitude of each towards the Russian participation in Syria and the development of relations between Moscow and Cairo; Egypt has become a purchaser of Russian fighter jets in addition to the Egyptian-Russian agreement on the establishment of a nuclear power plant near the city of Alexandria.
It is true that Egypt has made some contributions in Saudi Arabia war in Yemen, but it did not send its troops to fight alongside the Saudi soldiers, and Riyadh continues to insist that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must leave before the formation of any transitional government in the country. The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi believes that the solution to the Syrian crisis is not possible without the participation of President Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Arabia established the “Islamic Alliance” which aims to deter the Iranian influence in the first place more than its stated goal to fight ISIS,which was considered by the sources as an undermining of the Egyptian plan to establish an Arab coalition against terrorism, which would fight the Islamic State in Sinai and Libya. The Sources confirmed that the Egyptian-Russian rapprochement causes “teeth gnashing” to Saudi Arabia, noting that Russia has become the closest ally to Iran in the Syrian conflict, and because any diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis requires the approval of Russia, Riyadh fears that this solution would be at its own expense.
The Sources pointed out that Cairo and Riyadh did not object to the diplomatic plan by the United Nations during this month, which calls for the establishment of a transitional government in Syria within (6) months and aims to draw up a constitution and then hold elections, but Saudi Arabia fears what will happen following the formation of the transitional government.
- Source (( Alwasat News))