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Saudi king urges Egypt to back Gulf unity agreement with Qatar after return of ambassador

  • FILE - In this Friday, June 20, 2014 file photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, kisses Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, inside the king's airplane while parked at the Cairo International Airport in Egypt. King Abdullah on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 called on regional ally Egypt to back a reconciliation agreement reached between Gulf states and Qatar following months of tensions linked to last year's military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The diplomatic spat was spurred by Qatar's support for Islamist movements across the region, particularly Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group. (AP Photo/SPA, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, June 20, 2014 file photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, kisses Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, inside the king's airplane while parked at the Cairo International Airport in Egypt. King Abdullah on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 called on regional ally Egypt to back a reconciliation agreement reached between Gulf states and Qatar following months of tensions linked to last year's military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The diplomatic spat was spurred by Qatar's support for Islamist movements across the region, particularly Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group. (AP Photo/SPA, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday Aug. 10, 2014 file photo provided by Saudi Press Agency, Saudi's King Abdullah, left, shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, after honoring him with a high medal, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 called on regional ally Egypt to back a reconciliation agreement reached between Gulf states and Qatar following months of tensions linked to last year's military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The diplomatic spat was spurred by Qatar's support for Islamist movements across the region, particularly Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday Aug. 10, 2014 file photo provided by Saudi Press Agency, Saudi's King Abdullah, left, shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, after honoring him with a high medal, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 called on regional ally Egypt to back a reconciliation agreement reached between Gulf states and Qatar following months of tensions linked to last year's military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The diplomatic spat was spurred by Qatar's support for Islamist movements across the region, particularly Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File)  (The Associated Press)

Saudi King Abdullah is calling on Egypt to back a reconciliation agreement reached between Gulf states and Qatar following months of tensions linked to last year's military overthrow of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The diplomatic spat was largely fueled by Qatar's support for Islamist movements across the region, including Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, and saw Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdraw their ambassadors from the tiny Arab nation eight months ago.

In a statement released Wednesday on the Saudi Press Agency, King Abdullah appealed to the people and leadership of Egypt to support the march toward "Arab solidarity."

The Saudi ambassador returned to Qatar on Tuesday. Details of the agreement, which also involved Kuwait, the UAE and Bahrain, have not been made public.