Saudi Arabia's King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud concluded his five day visit to Cairo with a historic address to Egypt's Parliament on Sunday.
Salman and the speaker of Egypt's lower house of parliament, Ali Abdel Aal both stressed on the importance of uniting in the face of the extremism crippling the region.
Salman also added that both Egypt and Saudi Arabia were working towards the creation of a joint Arab force to fight terrorism, separate from the Islamic Military Alliance which was announced in December of last year.
"The other mission that we need to work together towards is the fight against extremism and terrorism which the Arab world is suffering from the most. Saudi Arabia has realized the importance of unifying our visions and stance to find practical solutions to this problem. The Islamic military coalition has been created to fight terrorism and by guaranteeing and safeguarding intellectualism, our media, our financial resources, and our military. We are also working together towards the foundation of a joint Arab power," Salman told a hall full of Egyptian parliament members and his accompanying Saudi delegation.
The 34-state alliance which includes countries such as Egypt, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates was called for by Saudi Arabia and would "coordinate" efforts to fight terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.
"Egypt and Saudi Arabia are the backbone of the Arab and Islamic worlds and our cooperation is the only way to stop our enemies' plans, and to speed up the end of terrorism," Abdel Aal added.
During his visit, Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a number of development and economic deals including the establishment of a 60 billion Saudi riyal investment fund among other investment agreements including an economic free-zone to develop Egypt's Sinai region.
Salman also announced in a news conference with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that a bridge connecting the two countries would be built. No further details were given.
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