Daily Israel Report

Saudi King Pledges Support for Egypt

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah says the kingdom supports Egypt in its fight “against terrorism.”
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/17/2013, 1:30 AM

Egypt demonstrations
Egypt demonstrations
Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz announced on Friday that the kingdom supports Egypt in its fight “against terrorism,” reported Al Arabiya.

King Abdullah said Egypt’s stability is being targeted by “haters,” warning that anyone interfering in Egypt’s internal affairs is "igniting sedition."

The Egyptian presidency hailed King Abdullah’s support, saying Egypt will “never” forget his “historic stance.”

Both Jordan and the UAE also praised King Abdullah’s support for the Egyptian government.

Saleh al-Qallab, a Jordanian political analyst, told Al Arabiya that Saudi Arabia will not leave the Egyptian military alone. “The situation in Egypt is very critical and Saudi Arabia has put itself on the right side of history,” he said.

Qallab added that King Abdullah had to “take a historical step and side with the correct form of Islam.”

Other analysts see that the King’s speech is ‘directed against the blatant Western support of the Muslim Brotherhood’, adding that the World’s powers should leave Egyptians to solve their own affairs.

Abdul Latif Minawi, an Egyptian columnist and former head of Egypt’s state TV, said the Saudi position comes in response to “Western positions, which are difficult to understand.”

“If Western leaders plan to repeat the Libyan scenario in Egypt, this will not be achieved in Egypt,” Minawi said, according to Al Arabiya.

He said “various Western interests come together in this situation to ensure the collapse of Egypt.”

“The Saudi position is another stance that understands where the regional interests lie,” Menawi said.

King Abdullah’s statement came after several Western countries and Turkey threatened to suspend ties with Egypt over a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

U.S. President Obama said Thursday that the United States "deplores" and "strongly condemns" violence in Egypt, and as a result is canceling U.S.-Egyptian military exercises scheduled for next month.

He said the United States believes the Egyptian government's "state of emergency should be lifted" and a process of reconciliation must begin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after speaking with French President Francois Hollande by phone on Friday that Germany would review its ties with Egypt, and both she and Hollande felt the European Union should do the same, Reuters reported.

“The chancellor explained that in view of the latest developments, the German government would review its relations with Egypt,” Merkel said, according to Reuters.

The European Union's top diplomat, Catherine Ashton, on Friday said she had asked the 28-nation bloc to agree "appropriate measures" in response to escalating violence in Egypt.

The EU has said top officials from its 28 members will meet Monday to review the crisis in Egypt, notably looking at convening a meeting of EU foreign ministers as soon as possible.

On Friday, scores were killed in Egypt as a Muslim Brotherhood-led "day of rage" turned to bloodshed.

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds injured in Cairo's Ramses Square as anti-coup protesters were fired on by government forces.

Meanwhile, reported the Daily News Egypt website, the presidential office announced on Friday that it will hold an international press conference on Saturday to explain the current situation in the country.

The press conference will be held at the Presidential palace at 3:00 p.m.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)