CAIRO: Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi may consider entering Egypt in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of Gulf if he were to win the presidency, Kuwaiti newspaper Aljarida reported Friday.
The newspaper, citing inside sources in Sisi’s campaign, said that Egypt would join as an “observer member.” Membership in the council would remove some visa restrictions with other gulf nations, the paper reported.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait offered aid packages totaling $12 billion dollars in the form of grants, deposits and petroleum aid soon following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013.
In the second part of his interview with CBC channel broadcast May 6, Sisi said that Gulf aid exceeded $20 billion.
Sisi is widely expected to win the elections slated to be held on May 26 and 27 over his sole challenger Hamdeen Sabbahi.
Chief editor of Kuwaiti newspaper Alseyassah Ahmed al-Gar Allah said that Gulf investments in Egypt would reach $300 billion if Sisi won, adding on his Twitter account May 8 Gulf countries are “confident” Sisi will win.