But if relations between the two countries were as strong as they had been under King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz, the strongest regional supporter of both the coup and subsequent ascendancy of Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, why did Riyadh have to dispatch Prince Muhammad to meet Sisi and reiterate support for his regime?

On the other hand, if the pundits are right and ties have indeed cooled, what do the two countries hope to achieve from last week's very public show of mutual solidarity and support?

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Saudi calculations King Salman’s administration has made countering Iran's regional regional influence its main foreign policy priority, working to build a broad Sunni alliance against Iran and its Shia allies.

This initiative has seen, for example, Saudi Arabia and Qatar ending years of enmity due – at least in part – to Qatar’s support for Muslim Brotherhood groups in various Arab countries.

Yes, it is a little odd being arrested for just walking next to someone of the opposite sex.

But there is a hidden subculture that easily allows you to date and enjoy your time with a special someone in the kingdom.

The purpose of the Crown Prince’s visit was to lessen Egyptian fears and recommit the kingdom to its support for the Sisi regime, in return for Sisi’s clear allegiance to the Saudi camp and his commitment to make more military resources available to its cause.

The signing of a Saudi-Egyptian pact, dubbed “The Cairo Declaration”, at the end of the visit is a clear indication of its true purpose.Uneasy partners Saudi Arabia and Egypt are hardly friends at this juncture, rather uneasy strategic partners united by mutual need.Egypt is heavily reliant on Saudi financial support to keep it afloat, Saudi Arabia cannot afford for a country of the size and weight of Egypt to have ambiguous allegiances in a regional struggle growing ever more critical.Although this rapprochement had begun under King Abdullah, as part of efforts for a more cohesive Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), it was accelerated under Salman and transformed into a wider Sunni alliance.As such, Saudi also reached out to Turkey, another ally of the Muslim Brotherhood and a strong regional Sunni power.Ok, I kid, but Saudi men can get very possessive and jealous.