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[Published: Thursday May 03 2012]

 Egypt Brotherhood MPs in Saudi mission to ease crisis

Cairo, 3 May – (ANA) - An Egyptian parliamentary delegation including top Muslim Brotherhood figures will head to Saudi Arabia seeking to resolve the worst in crisis in decades between states that were close allies under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. The speakers of the upper and lower house of parliament, both senior members of the Brotherhood, will be in the delegation that the state news agency said would meet the Saudi king today over the crisis triggered by Riyadh's arrest of an Egyptian lawyer and a wave of protests that it generated. It marks a rare visit to the kingdom by members of an influential Islamist movement whose rise to prominence since Mubarak's overthrow is causing concern in the conservative monarchies of the Gulf, analysts say. A spokesman for the Brotherhood said it had been "a long time" since any member of the group had been to Saudi Arabia in an official capacity, but added they were going as representatives of parliament, not the movement. Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador from Egypt at the weekend and closed its missions in the country of 80 million, citing security concerns following the demonstrations over Ahmed el-Gezawi's detention. (ANA)

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