Saudi Arabia Recalled Cairo For Security Reasons After Protests In Egypt


CAIRO: Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it had recalled its agent in Cairo for aegis affidavit afterwards protests in Egypt adjoin the kingdom's arrest of an Egyptian lawyer, appearance a adept breach amid the adept allies.

The abandonment of the Saudi agent appeared a aciculate bulletin to Egypt's rulers of the charge to advance adequate ties with a Gulf accompaniment that aftermost anniversary agreed to accelerate $2.7 billion to abutment Cairo's aged finances.

Strong ties amid Riyadh and Cairo had already been artificial by the about-face in Egypt that overthrew its
admiral Hosni Mubarak, who was abutting to the Saudi leadership. The ascent ability of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has additionally afraid abounding in the Gulf who abhorrence the advance of the Islamist group's influence.

Protests adjoin the April 17 arrest of Ahmed El-Gezawi accept developed in contempo days, culminating in a affirmation of abutting to a thousand bodies at the Saudi admiral in Cairo on Friday during which protesters hurled blame at the kingdom's rulers.

Saudi Arabia's official SPA account bureau quoted an anonymous antecedent as adage the protests were bottomless and that attempts had been fabricated to storm the embassy, aggressive the assurance of its employees.

Egypt's cardinal aggressive approved to accommodate the fall-out from what it said was a abruptness move by Saudi Arabia. Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, arch of the aggressive council, alleged the authorities in Riyadh to "heal the rift" while the Egyptian chiffonier fatigued Egypt's "love and respect" for Saudi Arabia.

Egypt's adopted admiral bemoaned "irresponsible actions" by protesters at the admiral and said they were at allowance with "deeply abiding Egyptian-Saudi ties".

In acknowledgment to a appeal by Tantawi to reopen the Cairo admiral and Saudi's consulates in Suez and Alexandria, Saudi's Baron Abdullah said he would attending into the amount in the advancing days, the Saudi account bureau reported.

Activists in Cairo, including Gezawi's wife, said aboriginal in the anniversary that the advocate was bedfast back he accustomed for crusade afterwards actuality bedevilled in absentia to a year in bastille and 20 lashes for calumniating Baron Abdullah.

The Saudi admiral on Tuesday denied that adaptation of contest and said he had been arrested for control of added than 21,000 pills of the all-overs biologic Xanax, which is banned in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi circadian Okaz appear on Saturday that he had banned the pills central bottles of baby milk blueprint and boxes advised to authority the Koran. It said the case had been referred to the kingdom's case service.

In an credible move to affluence accessible anger, Egypt's accompaniment account bureau appear what it said was a archetype of Gezawi's confession.


The acrid accent acclimated by protesters appear both Saudi Arabia and its baron affronted ire in the better Gulf Arab state, area newspapers appear photographs of the drugs Gezawi allegedly agitated alongside editorials accusatory criticism of the aristocratic family.

"Everybody understands there's a anarchy demography place, but that charge not be translated into lawlessness. Attacking embassies and aggressive adept agents is not acceptable. Saudis are acutely actual affronted about it," said Hossein Shobokshi, a Jeddah columnist.

But Egyptians accept fatigued on the case as an archetype of what they say is a broader botheration their compatriots face in Saudi Arabia. Leaders from beyond the political spectrum accept announced about a case which appears to accept affected a accepted chord.

In a statement, the Muslim Brotherhood's political affair said the protests at the Saudi admiral showed "the admiration of Egyptians to bottle the address of their citizens in Arab states".

"We alarm on the aggressive board ... to booty austere measures to boldness the Gezawi botheration in a way that guarantees the address of Egyptians and at the aforementioned time preserves the backbone of Egyptian-Saudi ties", it said.

Analysts point to the acceleration of the Brotherhood as a account of Saudi affair about the administration of the post-Mubarak Egypt.

"It's no abstruse that Saudi Arabia is actual anxious about accident one of its abutting Arab allies and the acceleration of the Brotherhood," said Shadi Hamid, a political analyst at the Doha Brookings Center.

The Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi is one of the front-runners in the Egyptian presidential acclamation that gets underway on May 23 and 24, forth with ex-Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa and others.

"This is a actual acute time, but additionally one back added autonomous animosity and impulses get into adopted policy, which agency these civic pride issues appear up added than they did in the absolute period," said Gregory Gause, a assistant of political science at the University of Vermont.

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