On attempts to destroy Saudi-Egyptian ties
They are keen to spoil Saudi-Egyptian ties because this relation enhances both countries’ status and power
Many people and parties want to sabotage Saudi-Egyptian relations. The most prominent among them are the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian leftists. They also include staunch Nasserists and so-called civil-rights groups. They can all be categorized under the umbrella of Jan. 25 activists.
They are keen to spoil Saudi-Egyptian ties because this relation enhances both countries’ status and power. It particularly empowers Egypt, which is going through a sensitive phase as it has not yet overcome chaos and unrest.
The Brotherhood and its propaganda machine think Riyadh’s alliance with Cairo weakens their efforts to topple the legitimate government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, especially with Saudi Arabia’s moral Islamic significance and political, economic and media capabilities. As for the leftists and Nasserists, according to the traditions of their political culture they must always oppose Saudi Arabia.
All these parties, and those influenced by them - such as media figures and social-media activists in Saudi Arabia, and even those who believe they are different from the Brotherhood - have tried to doubt Egypt’s military and political role in Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen, and have spread lies to sour Saudi-Egyptian ties.
Their attempts have failed. Saudi-led military coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri on Tuesday said the coalition did not ask Egypt to send ground troops to Yemen, as such a decision is voluntarily.
Criticizing the government is one thing, but trying to destroy relations is another. The latter will fail no matter whatMshari al-Thaydi
Asiri added that it is not part of the coalition’s plan for ground troops to engage in the war, as the coalition considers the Yemeni army the backbone of any operation it carries out. “Egyptian pilots participated in air raids. This is in addition to the efficient participation of Egyptian naval forces,” he said.
Egypt’s navy has played a significant role in coalition operations to restore legitimacy in Yemen. Cairo had previously offered to participate in ground operations, but the coalition decided it was better to depend on the Yemenis for that.
Criticizing the government is one thing, but trying to destroy relations is another. The latter will fail no matter what.
This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on May 11, 2016.
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.