CAIRO: Minister of Defense Sedqi Sobhi left to Islamabad Monday in a days-long visit with a military delegation, Youm7 reported.
Sobhi will meet with senior Pakistani statesmen and military officials to enhance military relations, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir told Youm7.
Both Pakistan and Egypt are members of an alliance with Saudi Arabia in its Decisive Storm operation in Yemen. Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya news channel reported that Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan and Sudan are would deploy boots on the ground if necessary.
The oil-rich kingdom has provided aid to both Cairo and Islamabad in the past years.
The Decisive Storm operation began March 25 at a request from Yemeni President Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi to curb Houthi rebels, who are believed to be backed by Saudi Arabia’s Shiite rival Iran, and have controlled the Yemeni capital of Sanaa since January.