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Arab and Gulf security a 'red line' for Egypt: Foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Mar 2015
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry speaks during a news conference with his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Friday, July 18, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Egypt cannot allow harm to Arab national security, especially the Gulf region’s security, describing it as a red line for Egypt, the foreign ministry said in a statement Sunday.

“Egypt reiterates its assurance and its commitment to continuing to work and closely collaborate with its Arab siblings to face standing threats and dangers,” the foreign ministry said.

The ministry said Egypt follows closely the dangerous conflicts witnessed by “the Arab Nation” which threaten the Arab state’s survival and national security.

The statement comes two days after a deadly attack on a mosque in war-torn Yemen which claimed the lives of 77, according to a health ministry official.

Egypt hosts the Arab League summit on 28 and 29 March in Sharm El-Sheikh.

A number of Arab countries including Egypt and other Gulf states have been reportedly discussing the idea of creating a joint military force to deal with the threat of Islamic State group in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Libya.


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