Jeddah - Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour won fresh
support from King Abdullah for his country's fight against
"terrorism" as he Tuesday wound up a trip to Saudi Arabia, official
news agency SPA said.
Mansour arrived on Monday in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on
his first official trip abroad since he replaced the Islamist Mohammed Morsi
after the army deposed him on 3 July.
Abdullah, who was the first leader to welcome Morsi's
ouster, affirmed the kingdom's support to Egypt against "terrorism,
deviance, and sedition, and against whoever tries to interfere in Egypt's
internal affairs," SPA quoted him as saying.
Saudi Arabia had long seen Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood as a
threat and along with other Gulf monarchies - excluding Qatar which supports
the movement - quickly pledged financial aid to Egypt's new military-installed
Mansour said he had come to Saudi Arabia to
"thank" the monarch.
"Visiting the kingdom was a must, as I had to thank the
custodian of the two holy mosques [King Abdullah] personally on his supportive
stances that comforted the Egyptians," Mansour told the Saudi daily Asharq
King Abdullah was the first head of state to congratulate
Mansour, doing so just hours after his appointment in July.
Riyadh subsequently announced an aid package of $5bn to
The Saudi monarch in August pledged his country's support to
Egypt's fight on "terrorism", saying it was the military-installed
government's "legitimate right".
Egypt's authorities had said they were confronting a
"malicious terror plot" by Islamists.