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2 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2012 - 5:48PM #1
rocketjsquirell
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This is something new.
Is Egypt planning on replaying the French Revolution?

Saudis recall ambassador, shut embassy in Egypt
By REUTERS
04/28/2012 19:11
Demonstrations outside the Saudi embassy in Cairo over arrest of Egyptian national in Riyadh prompt diplomatic row.

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it had recalled its ambassador from Egypt "for consultations" and closed its embassy and consulates in the country for security reasons after protests against the kingdom's arrest of an Egyptian lawyer.
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On Friday around 1,000 protesters demonstrated outside the mission, demanding the release of Gezawi and other Egyptians held in Saudi jails, witnesses said.

"Oh Saudi ambassador, we will respond to every lash with a hundred!" they chanted, some of them showing their anger by removing their shoes and waving them at the building - a gesture deeply insulting in Islamic culture.
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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 6:52AM #2
BDboy
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Good. If the Saudi government feels their security is compromised in "New Egypt" at least they did not send armies using this as an excuse!!


This is what nations do.

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 9:31AM #3
rocketjsquirell
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BDboy


Did you have the same response when Israel temporarily closed its Embassy in Egypt in response to violence in Cairo?

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 5:04PM #4
rocketjsquirell
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And now an update on those deteriorating ties between Egypt and Suadi Arabia (which is probably not good for anyone)

Egypt tries to defuse tension with Saudi Arabia
Reuters | Apr 29,2012 | 22:50

CAIRO — An Egyptian government minister said a rare rift with Saudi Arabia would be resolved after Riyadh recalled its Cairo ambassador in response to street protests there against the arrest of an Egyptian lawyer in the Gulf kingdom.

Demonstrations against Saudi Arabia's arrest of Egyptian lawyer Ahmed Al Gezawi on April 17 have grown in recent days, culminating in a rally of almost 1,000 people at the Saudi embassy on Friday who hurled insults at the kingdom's rulers.
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Egyptian government terrified of break with Saudi Arabia
In stark contrast to their attitude toward Israel, Egyptian leaders have gone to great lengths to quell Saudi anger and restore diplomatic ties

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Egyptian leaders are attempting to appease the government of Saudi Arabia after the diplomatic relations between the two states plunged following the arrest of an Egyptian lawyer in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia shut its embassy in Cairo and its consulates in Alexandria and Suez, recalling its ambassador Ahmad Qattan. The move came after hundreds of Egyptians protested for days across from the embassy, accusing Saudi Arabia of wrongfully arresting Egyptian human rights lawyer Ahmed Al-Gezawi for insulting the Saudi king and possessing illegal drugs.

But on Sunday and Monday, Egyptian officials were engaged in intense damage control with Saudi Arabia.
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But Egypt has good reason for concern. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia  pledged $2.7 billion in aid to Egypt, the first installment of which was meant to enter state coffers by the end of April. Some 1 million Egyptians are believed to work in Saudi Arabia as foreign laborers; their remittances are essential for Egypt’s faltering economy.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia seamed unmoved by the Egyptian overtures. Government mouthpiece Al-Watan reported the Egyptian apology, referring to the detained Egyptian lawyer simply as “an Egyptian drug smuggler.”
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"Saudis and others… must understand that Egypt is a ship in a stormy sea without a captain,” explained Abd Al-Rahman Rashed, a columnist for the Saudi-owned daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat, on Monday. “They must await the results of the long Egyptian marathon.”

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 30, 2012 - 7:46PM #5
LeahOne
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Interesting article -  I wonder which is the greater amount, that 2.7 billion, or the money those Egyptian employees in KSA send back to Egypt?

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2 years ago  ::  May 02, 2012 - 2:54PM #6
BDboy
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Apr 30, 2012 -- 9:31AM, rocketjsquirell wrote:


BDboy


Did you have the same response when Israel temporarily closed its Embassy in Egypt in response to violence in Cairo?




 


>>>>>> Why do you ask? 


Egyptians have issues of policies of Saudi Arabia and Israel. But it is duty of host countries to Protect Enbassies there. Since Egypt is going towards  democracy and it's instituations needs a bit of re-tooling, it is OK to be safe than sorry.


I support all parties involved. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel (When it shut down for a limited time).


In the mean time, I hope Saudis and Israelis will revisit it's policies to refelct aspirations of Arab streets.




 

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