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States not part of Egypt donor event "have no future place among us" - Saudi king

“Causing any harm to Egypt is tantamount to harming Islam," King Abdullah said as he announced new conference

States not part of Egypt donor event "have no future place among us" - Saudi king
Saudi Arabias King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. (AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has asked countries to attend a donor conference for Egypt, his country's most populous Arab ally, following its election of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on Tuesday, state media reported on Tuesday.

The world's top oil exporter has been a main supporter of Sisi and Egypt's military government since the army overthrew president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last summer.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates pledged $12bn in aid then, but have not announced any new commitments.

"I urge you all to attend a donors' conference to help Egypt overcome its economic difficulties," he said, addressing Egypt's "friends and brothers" in a lengthy and fulsome statement of congratulations.

He said any country that did not contribute to Egypt's future despite having the ability to do so would "have no future place among us".

King Abdullah also warned that Saudi Arabia, which regards Egypt as a frontline ally in its region-wide struggle against both Iran and the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, would not tolerate any interference in Egypt's internal affairs.

“Causing any harm to Egypt is tantamount to harming Islam, Arabs and Saudi Arabia. This is a principle we are not prepared to bargain over,” he was quoted as saying.

The event was backed by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

“This blessed invitation affirms that the two brotherly countries have a common vision for Egypt and its important role and for the fact that this role should not be affected and that Egypt should be protected from any plots targeting its security and regional security,” Sheikh Mohamed said.

“The Egyptian people have had their say, made their choice and voiced their support for the programme which President Abdel Fattah El Sisi presented and which focuses on working for building the future of Egypt and protecting the rights of its people, its security and stability.”

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nigma 6 years ago

THANKS King Abdullah! For standing hand-in-hand with Egypt.

Naeem Jan 6 years ago

It is very interesting and strange as well, that the King Abdulah and Sheik Zayed bin Nahyan have showed their full moral and financial support to Army dictator General Al sisi{see & see} on the pretext that the "Egyptian people had their say,made their choice and voiced their support for the programme which Al Sisi presented."but is not true that the deposed ex president Morsi was elected with the transparent and vast majority of the people of Egypt and the Brotherhood formed the government after having got overwhelming majority of the votes of the citizens of the Egypt,I think they both are afraid of any true democratic and Islamic government in the Arab World, which could cause any threat to their own interests and American's interest in the region.What a funny statement has been given by King Abdullah that "Causing any harm to Egypt is tantamount to Islam" The Islam is only against of any un Islamic and undemocratic system.

turk971 6 years ago

@Naeem, other points I agree with you but American interest really? Have you been reading the news as to what is the sentiment of America and the west with regard to the overthrow of Morsi and the subsequent ruling of Al Sisi? Just shows everyone has a bias and you are not exempted from it.