A few days ago, Egypt’s likely President-to-be Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised Saudi Arabia and vowed to forge strong security ties with Arab Gulf states. He said “the first country I will visit will be Saudi Arabia and we will go to express our gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for we will not forget his supportive stances and his statement backing the Egyptian people that led to a change in the [political] equation,” Sisi also argued that the security in the Gulf region and Egypt were interlinked. He said the security of the Gulf “is part of Egypt’s security. We will not allow anyone to tamper [with the Gulf’s security]. If there is any threat to any Gulf state, Egypt will not stand and watch.” These comments illustrate the emerging security bloc between Egypt with the GCC and specifically the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A common concern
Al-Azhar and key Saudi clerics are being enlisted to play a stronger and more potent role in a joint Egyptian-Saudi campaign in countering Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist-Jihadist narrativesDr. Theodore Karasik