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Egypt and Saudi Arabia guarantors of Arab security: Sisi

Egypt's president says Cairo is committed to cooperation with Riyadh, saying 'You will not see us but together'

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 Jul 2015
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Challenges in the Arab region can only be overcome with Egypt and Saudi Arabia cooperating hand-in-hand, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Thursday.

El-Sisi told graduating students of the Egyptian Military Academy at a ceremony also attended by Saudi Defence Minister Mohammed Bin Salman, who is visiting Cairo, that Egypt and Saudi Arabia are the "wings of Arab national security."

He described Bin Salman's presence at the ceremony as a "strong message" to Egypt and Saudi Arabia's respective peoples, and to Gulf countries, that both governments enjoy close cooperation.  

"You will not see us but together," he said.

El-Sisi commented on "highly difficult regional circumstances," saying they require "security vigilance and extra effort."

Salman, who is also Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince and second deputy prime minister, is expected to sit with El-Sisi and Egyptian top officials to discuss bilateral and regional relations.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been close allies since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia have denied reports of tensions between Cairo and Riyadh after the new Saudi monarch, King Salman Ibn Abdel Aziz, came to power. After the chief of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Khaled Meshal, visited the kingdom last week and met with King Salman, reports about rising tension between Cairo and Riyadh again surfaced. Relations between Cairo and Hamas soured following Morsi's ouster.

The oil-rich Saudi kingdom is allegedly making efforts to reduce tensions with Muslim Brotherhood allies. These efforts are reportedly being made to counter the influence of Iran, the kingdom's arch rival in the region.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri met with his Saudi counterpart in Riyadh last week where both officials asserted continued cooperation between their governments.

Next week, US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Egyptian and Gulf leaders for talks on the recent nuclear deal with Iran in addition to developments in confronting Islamic State (IS) group militants in the region.  

Kerry will visit Cairo Sunday before he heads the following day to Doha to meet with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders.

Local affairs

El-Sisi also addressed local affairs in his speech to graduating military students.

He announced that the long-delayed Egyptian parliament will be elected before the end of 2015.

In March, the High Constitutional Court ruled that some articles in Egyptian elections legislation were unconstitutional, delaying the scheduled elections process.

The government has been delegated with amending the law in question and resubmitting it for approval.

Egypt has been without parliament since 2012. The president holds legislative powers until the election of a new House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, El-Sisi also congratulated the students on graduation and joining Egypt's police and military forces.

He added that the role of military graduates is not more important than graduates of civil studies, adding that "true development" requires science, technology and intellectual movements.

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Farhan
31-07-2015 05:18am
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If Arabs want security they should ally with Turks because they were the one who actually defeated real adversaries
Unlike Egypt who can only fighting his own people, When it comes to real fight with real adversaries they always run. On the other hand Turks fought off Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, Cypriots and saved their land. After WW1 allied (evil) powers divided Turkey into 6 regions between Armenians, Kurds, Greeks, French and small part for Ottomans, but Mustafa Kamal Turk didn't accept division of his mother land, he fought off all the occupiers from his land, Only Turks can show such bravery not Arabs. Arabs fight but they always need help from other countries. They can not develop their own weapons and technologies and this is major cause of their failure, this is major cause that Israel was able to come into existence.
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Noir
30-07-2015 03:29pm
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Wrong Partner
Saudi could not lead Arab Security if they are the chief reason of Religious extremism in the Arab World. Every radical organization in the region is taking their marching orders from the Wahhabi book for lies!
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Tut
01-08-2015 04:10am
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There's a limit to prinnciples
This limit is 20 billion dollars aid! That is why Sisi had more support (domestic and international) when he championed economic development out the gate, people thought he’s breaking free from aid shackles; but …
Tony
30-07-2015 09:25pm
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I agree!
When will the Arab world will learn not to put their hands with Islamists? These are the same men who gave birth to ISIS, even if inadvertently. It contradicts Sisi's message of rebuke against Al Azhar. On the one hand, he wants to reform the language of Islam into one of peace and tolerance, and on the other hand become allies with Islamists whose message is war and intolerance.
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