News

Egypt ‘Won’t Hesitate’ to Send Troops to Gulf Allies if Asked, Says Sisi

Egypt ‘Won’t Hesitate’ to Send Troops to Gulf Allies if Asked, Says Sisi

REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt will not hesitate to deploy ground troops into the territory of its Gulf state allies to protect them from threats if it is asked to do so by those countries’ leaders, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday.

In his comments at a briefing with Kuwait journalists, the Egyptian leader “made it clear that Egypt will not hesitate to send forces to brotherly Gulf counties to defend them if they face any direct threat or aggression,” a statement released by the presidency reads.

Once regarded the leader of the Arab world, Egypt has been struggling to recover its former role in the region following the turbulence that came with the 25 January uprising that ended the 30-year long reign of strongman Hosni Mubarak.

The most populous Middle Eastern country and the recipient of billions of dollars of aid from the Gulf, Egypt has joined the Saudi-led and U.S.-backed military coalition fighting in Yemen to restore to power president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who lost control of the capital Sanaa in September 2014 to the Houthis, a revivalist Zaidi-Shia guerilla movement.

Since the popular military ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood by then-defense minister Sisi in July 2013, Egypt has received financial aid amounting to billions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates in order get the country’s crumbling economy on its feet again.

Some analysts say that if Egypt were asked to send ground troops to Yemen, it would not have much choice but to abide by the request – that is, if it wants to maintain its well-needed financial support from the Gulf.

Reports have indicated that Egypt in fact already has deployed military forces to Yemen. Egyptian ‘security sources’ told Reuters in September last year that as many as 800 Egyptian soldiers arrived in Yemen that month.

Saudi Arabia militarily intervened in Yemen, the poorest Arab country, in late March 2015 and since then the conflict has developed into an increasingly intractable civil war with international dimensions where the Saudi-led coalition backs Sunni forces while Iran is supporting the Houthis.

The rift between regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia and Iran have deepened in recent years as they seek to exploit the power vacuums that emerged in the aftermath of the U.S.-led war on Iraq in 2003 and intensified after the so-called Arab spring in 2011. Confronting each other through proxies in numerous arenas in the Middle East – from Syria and Lebanon to Bahrain and Yemen – they have fueled sectarian tensions throughout the region.

'Anti-Torture' Detainee Referred to Egypt State Security Prosecution After Over 2 Years in Custody
Egyptian Surgeon Ahmed Saied Placed in Solitary Confinement, Barred From Visits

Subscribe to our newsletter


News
@SamirShalabi_

Samir Shalabi is an MA student in Middle East Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden. With a BA in the same subject he primarily writes on Egyptian and Syrian politics and history. Follow Samir on Twitter @SamirShalabi_

More in News

#StopTheWait: Messi Visits Egypt to Promote Affordable Hepatitis C Treatment and Tourism

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2017

More Visas for Less African Immigrants: Europe’s Offer to Egypt

Aya NaderFebruary 22, 2017

Opening Female Gyms in Saudi Arabia: Saudi Women Unhurriedly Acquire Basic Rights

Toqa EzzidinFebruary 22, 2017

Egypt Agricultural Exports Surge after Currency Float

Seif GhallabFebruary 22, 2017

Russia to deliver 50 MiG-29 fighters to Egypt on Schedule: Report

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2017

Globally Renowned Consulting Firms to Lead Reform of Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum

Seif GhallabFebruary 21, 2017

11 Sentenced to Death for Port Said Massacre, Celebrations Held

Aya NaderFebruary 20, 2017

ISIS Releases Video Threatening Egypt’s Christians, Showing Church Bomber

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.