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Egypt extends military mandate in the Gulf

Egypt extends for three months its military mandate in the Gulf, Red Sea, Strait of Mandeb

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The Egyptian government said on Sunday it had extended by three months the deployment of “some elements of the armed forces” outside Egypt’s borders to defend national and Arab security in the Gulf, Red Sea and the Strait of Mandab.

Egypt is part of a Saudi-led coalition that has been targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Egypt authorized a 40-day mandate on March 26, which the defense ministry had to be renewed before its expiration, the statement from the cabinet said.

The statement did not specify if Egypt’s renewed mandate included the possibility of sending ground troops, and Saudi Arabia denied that any major ground operations in Yemen were underway.

The mandate’s renewal comes a day after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited Saudi Arabia, which alongside Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates has propped up Egypt's economy with billions of dollars in aid.