Egypt, Saudi Arabia affirm support of Yemeni gov’t ‘legitimacy’
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egypt is committed to support the legitimacy of the Yemeni government militarily and politically, said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry Thursday in a press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir.

Shoukry’s remarks came amid a series of negotiations between former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and diplomats from U.S., Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates in Cairo to put an end to the four-month crisis. Shoukry said that his visit to Jeddah came following a mandate by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The Foreign Minister affirmed Sisi’s support to the strategic relations between Egypt and Saudi Kingdom, saying that both countries have a “unified vision” of the Yemeni crisis.

“Egypt is a main part in the coalition of restoring the legitimacy in Yemen,” said Jubeir during the press conference.

Egypt was one of nine member states that participated in the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthis, who have controlled northern parts of the country since January. Since March the coalition troops have launched airstrikes against the Shiite Houthis.

Irans “interference”

Both countries expressed their rejection to alleged Iranian “interference” in domestic affairs of other neighboring countries, following remarks by the Iranian Supreme Leader on Eid al-Fitr that he called for liberation of “oppressed” peoples in Bahrain and Yemen, as well as Palestine.

“We are worried about Iran’s interference in the region,” Jubeir said, adding that Tehran has to stop “supporting terrorism” in the region.

Jubeir said that the U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s visit to Saudi Arabia Wednesday was to assure the kingdom that the new deal reached between Tehran and Western powers will not harm region’s security.

On July 14, Iran and the U.S., China, Russia, U.K., France and Germany reached a deal on the Iranian nuclear program that guarantees Tehran’s peaceful use of nuclear power in return for lifting western sanctions.

The Saudi Minister said that his country supports any deal prevents Iran from possessing nuclear weapon.

Hamasvisit to the Kingdom

The visit paid by members of Palestinian Hamas movement to the Saudi Arabia five days ago was for performing the a pilgrimage, “not for political purposes,” Jubeir said during the conference.

“No meetings were held with the delegation and Saudi situation towards Hamas is known,” he added.

The delegation from Hamas was chaired by Khaled Mashal, head of the political bureau of Hamas.

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