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Egypt renews troop mission in Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandab Strait

The National Defence Council meeting was headed by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Jan 2017
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Egypt's National Defence Council agreed in a Sunday meeting to extend the deployment of Egyptian Armed Forces units in the Red Sea and the Bab Al-Mandab strait, MENA reported.

A statement by the Egyptian presidency said that the meeting approved extending the mission of the Egyptian Armed Force units on a foreign assignment to defend the country's national security in the Red Sea and the Bab Al-Mandab strait.

The statement did not put a timeframe on the duration of the extension, according to MENA.

The meeting was headed by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and attended by the ministers of defence, finance, foreign affairs and interior, as well as commanders of Egypt's Armed Force along with the chiefs of intelligence agencies.

Egypt’s has been participating in the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels since March 2015.

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