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The new Saudi king, Egypt and the MB

Saudi Arabia might be witnessing a slow shift in the region, especially since the new King Salman seems friendlier to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood than his predecessor.
Saudi Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul-Aziz (R) arrives for the opening of the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, about 550 km (342 miles) south of Cairo, March 13, 2015. Egypt expects to sign agreements worth up to $20 billion at the weekend investment summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, its investment minister said on Friday. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS ROYALS) - RTR4T975
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When King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died Jan. 23, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood issued a statement that was conspicuously warm. One might have thought that considering the broad support the late king gave to the Egyptian state-led crackdown of the Brotherhood in Egypt, such a declaration would be negative at best.

Within a few weeks, however, rumors abounded that the new king, Salman, was far friendlier to the Brotherhood than his predecessor, which might then impact the Egyptian state’s relations with Riyadh. But at least at present, Cairo doesn’t feel the need to be too uncomfortable, though certainly something has changed.

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