Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has announced an agreement with Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi to build a bridge over the Red Sea connecting the two countries. The announcement made on the second day of visit of Saudi Arabia’s King to Cairo.
The name given to this bridge after the Saudi king is King Salman bin Abdel Aziz Bridge. The planned bridge would help in boosting commerce and trade between the two allied countries. This historic step will also connect the two continents, Africa and Asia.
Presently Saudi’s King is on a five day long visit to Egypt. Till today both the countries have signed 17 agreements deal and MoU with approx. amount $1.7 Billion. It also include an agreement to build a university and homes in South Sinai, and a power plant.
The Red Sea bridge connecting the two countries has already been proposed in the 1980s by Egyptian Hosni Mubarak but never made to the planning stage and failed to become a reality.
Previous plans for the bridge’s route suggested a 32-kilometre span across the Tiran Strait at the entrance of the Red Sea Gulf of Aqaba, which would allow for a commute between the two countries in just 20 minutes. The estimated cost to this bridge is around $4 billion.
Extra Info :
Egypt Capital : Cairo
Egypt Currency : Egyptian Pound
So lets discuss some questions related to this post which can be asked in the upcoming exams :
1. Name the countries who have made an agreement to build the bridge on Red Sea ?
2. What is the name given to Red sea bridge and will connect which two continents ?
3. Who is the present King of Saudi Arabia ?
Courtesy : The Guardian