Egyptian-Saudi coalition renewed in Cairo

Saudi Arabian Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi in Cairo to discuss increasing military cooperation

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz arrived in Cairo yesterday to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi and discuss enhancing military cooperation between their respective countries, according to Al Arabiya News.

Egyptian Army General and Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhy joined the talks along with President of Saudi Intelligence Khalid bin Ali Al-Humaidan, and Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid Al-Toraifi.

According to Al Ahram Newspaper, President Sisi asserted that “the security of the Gulf countries is a red line that should not be crossed.”

Prince Mohammed’s Egyptian counterpart, General Sedki Sobhy, received him at Cairo airport with official military music and festivities before he made his way to meet with the country’s president, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

An Egyptian official presidential statement said it was agreed between the two sides to discuss the implementation of a joint maneuver on the territory of the Kingdom as well as the participation of joint Arab forces that could include Egyptian troops from in the future.

According to Reuters, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi said that his country has been and will always be ready to help and a defend Arab rights, and that Arabian Gulf security is an integral part of Egypt’s national security.

The Egyptian army will start receiving U.S. military aid once again, as American President Barack Obama lifted the freeze on military aid to the country last March.

U.S. media outlets such as the Washington Post are critical of the Obama administration’s decision to give $1.5 billion in military aid to what the Post described as the “coup government” of Sisi, thus boosting his legitimacy. President Sisi originally came to power after ousting Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

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