Bab al-Mandab, Egypt and the storm

Operation “Golden Spear”, being conducted on the west Red Sea coast of Yemen, is a special initiative which is well organized and professional.

The goal of this Air Force Arab alliance, along with the coalition naval forces, is to liberate Bab al-Mandab, and all the Thami west coast, right down to the port of Hodeida and then port Midi, near the borders with Saudi Arabia.

Houthi militants and Ali Abdullah Saleh have been rattled by this development. They issued a warning on Saturday, to each warships or commercial ship, to not pass without permission from the Houthi authorities, failing which they will meet the same fate as the UAE ship.

Bab el-Mandab and the safety of navigation in the Red Sea, is vitally sensitive, not only to all countries bordering the Red Sea, but to the world trade as a whole. It is known how Iran seeks, diligently and evasively, to dominate the Straits of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab, the latter through the Huthi agent.

Bab el-Mandab is complementary to the Suez Canal, the international maritime corridor, of great importance to Egypt, especially in these circumstances. As such, the National Defense Council in Egypt announced the renewal of active Egyptian contribution to the operations to liberate Yemen, with the use of Egyptian naval forces, as well as warplanes.

Bab el-Mandab is complementary to the Suez Canal, the international maritime corridor, of great importance to Egypt, especially in these circumstances

Mshari al-Thaydi

The National Defense Council is the highest military authority for security in the country. It includes the head of state and government with the ministers of interior and defense, commander in chief, the head of the General Intelligence and the Director of Military Intelligence.

The Council stressed the importance of securing Bab el-Mandab, specifically, and navigation in the Red Sea, with the restoration of international legitimacy in Yemen. Suez Canal provides Egypt with hard currency, oil supplies pass through it, and commercial goods.

The Saudi and Gulf interests

All of these things reveal the real issues that are related to Saudi and Gulf interests, with the Egyptian interests in the Yemeni case. The Egyptian participation, in Yemen, is not a compliment to Saudi Arabia, as said by some “petty” or malevolent people both on both the sides in social and traditional media.

Expanded mutual interests, building on them, reducing differences, resolving them, or postponing them altogether is a regional necessity at these circumstances.

Liberating Yemen, securing navigation across the strait and neutralizing Iranian influence from the Red Sea are in the interest of the League of Arab coalition, of which Egypt is the frontrunner. This is more important compared to other details. When the moment of truth arrives, decision-makers in Riyadh and Cairo understand the difference.

This article is also available in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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