Egypt fetes Saudi crown prince during visit to Suez Canal

CAIRO — Egypt is giving a warm welcome to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is visiting the Suez Canal on the second of his three-day visit to the Arab world’s most populous country.

Posters featuring Salman’s face alongside that of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi are lining the major axes of central Cairo.

The prince and el-Sissi board a boat from a red carpeted dock to inspect the canal on Monday.

Egypt seeks investments from oil-rich Saudi Arabia to help develop the area, where Cairo wants to establish as an international transport, logistics and production hub.

The two are also expected to discuss the ongoing wars in Syria and Yemen, as well as their joint boycott of tiny Gulf nation Qatar, which they accuse of fomenting extremism across the Middle East.

— AP