CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi made four phone calls to Gulf State monarchs discussing Egyptian bilateral relations, following the release of an undated audio recording in which the voice of Sisi appears to discuss the necessity to get money from oil-rich countries, although the government has denied authenticity of the audio, and accused the Muslim Brotherhood of attempting to manipulate discourse.
The Turkey-based pro-Muslim Brotherhood channel Mekameleen published audio Saturday in which two voices are heard discussing obtaining money from wealthy Gulf States.
Sisi phoned Saudi Arabian Monarch Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Sunday, assuring that the relations between both the countries would not be broken off by “attempts that aim to ruin the region’s stability and Arab nation unity,” said the Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement Sunday.
“The custodian of the two holy mosques affirmed his country’s support to Egypt’s government and people, confirming that the kingdom’s situation towards Egypt and its stability fixed and unchangeable,” Youssef added.
Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa assured Sisi that his country still supports Egypt and the two would work together for a successful economic summit in March. Sisi praised Bahrain for its support after the events of June 30, according to a statement issued Sunday from the Presidential office.
In another call, Sisi talked with General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces about the bilateral relations.
Sisi commended the UAE’s importance as well; “Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan affirmed the keenness of the United Arab Emirates to strengthen bonds of the relations s and the development of bilateral cooperation to serve the strategic interests of the two countries and the two brotherly peoples,” a presidential statement read.
“The United Arab of Emirates’ situation towards Egypt and its people is a historical and fixed one,” Nahyan was quoted in the statement.
“Unity and solidarity with Egypt has not and will not be affected by any attempts aim to undermine them. Such ill-conceived schemes will make cooperation more strengthened with Egypt in various fields politically, economically, and securely,” said Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah during the phone call with Sisi Sunday.
Following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Gulf States gave Egypt financial aid in cash and deposits; Sisi said in May before his election that Gulf aid to Egypt since the June 30 incidents reached $20 billion.
Egypt will receive $10 billion in deposits from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates before the upcoming Egypt Economic Development Summit scheduled in March in Sharm el-Sheikh, Youm7 reported Wednesday.