CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said Monday that “Egypt is committed to the security of Saudi Arabia as an extension of its own national security.”
“Egypt’s national security is part and parcel of the Saudi Arabia security,” Abu Zeid said in a phone call with MBC Misr TV channel Monday.
The statement came after tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia escalated after the latter’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr Saturday; the Saudi Embassy was burned in Iran by a mob angered by the execution.
Al-Azhar has condemned the embassy burning, but has made no comment on the execution, which was one of 46 carried out by the Kingdom in the first days of the year.
During his meeting with Saudi King Salman Bin Abdel Aziz In March 2015, President Abdel Fatah said that “security of the Persian Gulf states is a red line and a key part of Egypt’s national security.”
In Feb. 2015, Egypt joined a Saudi-led coalition to fight Houthi militants that seized large parts of Yemen.