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Morocco and Saudi Arabia denounce Sinai attacks

The two Arab countries express support for Egypt's 'war on terrorism'

Ahram Online, Saturday 25 Oct 2014

Saudi Arabia has condemned the militant attacks that killed 31 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai on Friday, reported Al-Ahram Arabic.

A Saudi official conveyed his country's condolences to the victims' families and to the Egyptian people and government.

The statements came a day after two attacks killed 31 soldiers and injured 30 more in restive North Sinai.

Saudi Arabia strongly backed the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule, extending billions of dollars in aid to the new authorities in Cairo. Since the ouster, the number of attacks carried out by Islamist militants in Sinai has increased dramatically, killing hundreds of military and police personnel.

The official emphasised Saudi support for the Egyptian state in its "war on terrorism", on the grounds of Saudi Arabia's solid stance against terrorism in all its forms and motives.

Morocco also denounced on the militant violence on Saturday. A foreign ministry statement said that the attacks contradict Islamic principles as well as violating universal human rights norms and ethics.

The statement highlighted Morocco's support for Egypt's fight against militant violence, and demanded intensifying international endeavours to combat terrorism, which it described as a threat to global security.

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