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Egypt won't hesitate to send forces to Gulf if needed: Sisi

‘Egypt does not interfere in the affairs of other countries...but it is capable of repelling any assault...on it or on its brothers,’ El-Sisi said

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Feb 2016
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi December 8, 2015. (AFP)
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Egypt will not hesitate to send troops into the territories of its Arab Gulf allies if needed to repel any security threat posed to those countries, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said during a press briefing with Kuwaiti journalists on Wednesday.

"The president made it clear that Egypt will not hesitate to send its forces to brotherly Gulf counties to defend them if they are subjected to any direct aggression or threat," a statement from El-Sisi's office has said.

During the briefing, El-Sisi affirmed he would not interfere in Syria's affairs, saying his country is working towards a political solution to end the more than four-year war.

"Egypt does not interfere in the affairs of other countries...but it is capable of repelling any assault...on it or on its brothers," El-Sisi was quoted by the statement as saying.

El-Sisi cited Egypt's bombing of ISIS targets in Libya last year after the group's affiliate in Libya announced the beheading of 20 Christian Egyptians. 

The president said the exceptional regional military action was in response to the attack, and that Egypt was keen to not interfere in Libyan affairs or exploit the country's chaos.

Egypt is part of a coalition that has been targeting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since March of last year. Cairo says, however, that it has not deployed ground troops.

The North African country is also part of a broader 34-nation anti-terrorist coalition announced by Saudi Arabia in December.

A delegation of Kuwaiti media personnel was visiting Cairo to mark the upcoming 25-year anniversary of the Gulf War in which Egypt was a member of a multi-state coalition that drove the Iraqi military from Kuwait.

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