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Do oil shipments to Egypt mark new chapter for Egypt, Saudi relations?

Egypt has announced the resumption of Saudi oil shipments in what appears to be a move toward reducing the tension between both countries that has escalated over the past years, mainly over the Syrian crisis.
The shadows of men walking are seen in front of graffiti depicting relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in Cairo, Egypt, October 12, 2016. Picture taken October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTSS9QV

CAIRO — Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek el-Mulla announced that Egyptian ports welcomed two fuel shipments from Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, on March 17-18, a day after the company announced resumption of supplying oil product shipments to Cairo.

Aramco had suddenly suspended these shipments in October 2016, after Saudi envoy to the United Nations Abdallah al-Mouallimi criticized Egypt’s vote in favor of a Russian resolution on Syria before the UN Security Council. It appeared that Egypt and Saudi Arabia were not on the same page regarding the Syrian crisis.

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