Hosting Morsi's First Foreign Trip Is a Coup for Saudi Arabia

The new Egyptian president travels to Saudi Arabia Wednesday for his first foreign visit — a bitter blow to Iran, which has been seeking improved relations with Cairo, writes Shahab Mossavat. Association with Egypt, the Arab world’s largest democracy, is seen as no bad thing, and now Riyadh has stolen a march on Tehran.

al-monitor Egypt's first Islamist president Mohammed Morsi (R) meets with Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Egypt Ahmed Kattan at the presidential palace in Cairo July 7, 2012. Photo by REUTERS.

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Jul 11, 2012

Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s newly installed, democratically-elected president, has chosen Riyadh as the destination for his first foreign visit.

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