World Bulletin/News Desk
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Tuesday received a message from Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour three days after a phone call between the two leaders.
The message came following statements attributed to Mansour in which he reportedly criticized Kuwait for its "reluctance" to support Egypt's economy – statements that angered the oil-rich Gulf state.
Mansour's message focused on "the brotherly relations between the two countries and the latest regional and international developments," Kuwaiti news agency KUNA reported.
Mansour had contacted the Kuwaiti emir on Saturday, during which the two men discussed relations between Egypt and Kuwait and issues of mutual concern.
Kuwait, along with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has pledged $12 billion to shore up Egypt's faltering economy following the July 3 ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.
Earlier this month, presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi said the interim president would visit Saudi Arabia and the UAE in September to express his appreciation for the two countries' support. Badawi neglected to mention Kuwait, however.
A private satellite channel had earlier said that Mansour had criticized Kuwait at a meeting with reporters last week for "its reluctance to provide financial support to Egypt."
But the claims were categorically denied by Egyptian Ambassador to Kuwait Abdel-Karim Suleiman.
The Egyptian envoy said that Mansour would visit Kuwait "very soon" to express Egypt's appreciation for the country's support during the current juncture.
Kuwait, meanwhile, has affirmed its support for the Egyptian people "at this critical stage."
A source at the Egyptian Finance Ministry said Tuesday that $2 billion in Kuwaiti aid would be deposited at Egypt's central bank within hours.
The move comes shortly after Egypt returned a $2 billion deposit to Qatar after talks over converting the money into government bonds had broken down.
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