Arab states declare support for Saudi king’s stance on Egypt crisis

The king had said Egypt’s stability is being targeted by “haters,” warning that anyone interfering in Egypt’s internal affairs is "igniting sedition." (File photo: Reuters)

Arab states announced on Friday their support of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz’s remarks on Egypt, which affirmed the kingdom's backing of Egypt's fight “against terrorism.”

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

In response, the United Arab Emirates said Saudi Arabia's remarks came at a “pivotal moment” and the statement was “fully backed” by Emirati leaders.

“The Saudi statement also reflects consciousness and prudent approach to plots being wreaked against Egypt," said the statement carried by the official news agency WAM.

“The UAE underlined that this statement reflects the interest of King Abdullah in the security and stability of Egypt and its people.

"The resolute position of the Saudi king against those who burnt incense fire for sedition and raising havoc, will be a victory for Egypt, Islam and Arabism. This courageous and rational stance is expected from The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques," the statement added.

The Egyptian presidency hailed King Abdullah’s support, saying Egypt will “never” forget his “historic stance.” In recent days, the Egyptian government had said it was confronting a “malicious terrorist plot” by the Muslim Brotherhood and continued its crackdown on supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohammad Mursi.

Bahrain also voiced support to King Abdullah's support to the Egyptian authorities' crackdown.

An official statement said Bahrain fully backed King Abdullah's statement, adding that Egypt has the right to restore order in the country, fight terrorism and violence, as well as stop the destruction of properties.

Bahrain also called upon all parties in Egypt to unite ranks.

Kuwait, meanwhile, said in a statement that the Gulf state affirmed support for the Egyptian government's measures to maintain security and stability in the north African country.

Kuwait is following with concern the developments in Egypt, and regrets the large number of deaths among the Egyptian people as well as the destruction of properties, a foreign ministry source told official news agency KUNA.

“The State of Kuwait, affirmed the source, supported the Egyptian government's measures to preserve security and stability, as well as achieving aspirations of the Egyptian people through the government's roadmap,” the KUNA statement read.

Jordan 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.”
 

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