Egypt revokes ban on Egyptian doctors working in Saudi Arabia

Egypt has revoked a measure banning Egyptian doctors from working in Saudi Arabia. State news agency MENA said the move came after assurances from Riyadh that Egyptian doctors would get contracts guaranteeing they receive equal treatment as their Saudi counterparts. The ban was imposed last month following an outcry over the case of two Egyptian physicians sentenced in the kingdom to long imprisonment and 1,500 lashes. The two were convicted of illegally trading pharmaceuticals in Saudi Arabia. One was also found guilty of having affairs with female patients. Egyptian media criticized Riyadh over the case and demanded President Hosni Mubarak intervene to free the doctors. Authorities said they favor quiet diplomacy in the matter.