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Saudi king's visit key show of support for Egypt and its new president
Saudi king's visit key show of support for Egypt and its new president

The meeting lasted all of half an hour, and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah did not even leave his plane, parked on the tarmac at Cairo's international airport. But the brief encounter Friday night between the Saudi monarch and Egypt's newly inaugurated President Abdel Fattah Sisi was weighted with symbolic significance in a region where the political sands are shifting daily. Spurred by the crisis in Iraq and beset by doubt over U.S. methods and motives in the region, key Middle East players are moving to shore up alliances and expand their own spheres of influence — or at least try to stave off erosion. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are a case in point. The last three...

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