Egyptian Defence Minister and Army Commander Sedki Sobhi (Al-Ahram)
Egypt's defence minister, Sedki Sobhi, said Wednesday that the country's armed forces support the "political leadership in all its decisions," according to the Facebook page of army spokesperson Mohamed Samir.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and the government have faced a wave of criticism and protests after the announcement earlier this month of a maritime border agreement with Saudi Arabia that places the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir – long under Egyptian control – within Saudi territorial waters.
Sobhi, whose statements came on the sidelines of a visit to second field army forces, also pointed to "painstaking efforts to support the fundamentals of overall prosperity."
The army chief stressed the armed forces will work hard on providing basic commodities for citizens pursuant to directives of El-Sisi, which came in a recent speech.