Saudi crown prince winds up trip to Egypt with mosque visit

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Saudi crown prince winds up trip to Egypt with mosque visit
In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency, MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tour the Suez canal near Ismailia, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Cairo, Egypt. Egypt gave a warm welcome to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday, with military fanfare and a trip to the Suez Canal meant to underline a growing strategic partnership. (Mohammed Samaha/MENA via AP)

CAIRO (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has wound up his three-day visit to Egypt with a visit to Al-Azhar, the world’s foremost seat of learning for Sunni Muslims.

Accompanied by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was given a tour of the mosque at the heart of old Cairo to see the outcome of three years of restoration work financed by a Saudi grant.

The mosque, built in the 10th century, is now part of a sprawling university teaching Islam as well as secular subjects.

The prince has been given a warm welcome in Egypt, whose government views Saudi aid and investment as key to reviving of the country’s battered economy.

He leaves for London on Tuesday and later travels to Washington.