Saudi says it will fill financial gap from any Western sanctions on Egypt

Saudi is among the gulf states that supported the military coup.

Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal on Monday pledged to fill any financial gaps left by Western countries withdrawing aid from Egypt over an army crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

Saud made this known when he spoke with the state news agency SPA in Jeddah after visiting France on Sunday,

He also accused Western countries of tacitly encouraging Muslim Brotherhood violence with their criticism of the Egyptian military.

“To those who have declared they are stopping aid to Egypt or are waving such a threat, the Arab and Muslim nations are wealthy with their people and resources and will not shy away from offering a helping hand to Egypt,” he said.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, has given Egypt’s military rulers its full backing since they overthrew the country’s first freely elected President, Mohamed Morsi.

While Egypt’s Western allies have denounced the army’s crackdown on the Brotherhood, Riyadh has instead said the country is tackling terrorism and sedition.

“We see international stances that have taken a strange course… as if the aim is to cover up for the crimes, the burning of Egypt and the killing of its people,” he said.

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Barack Obama last week cancelled annual military exercises with Egypt; while the EU foreign ministers were due to hold an emergency meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss how to press the Egyptian authorities for a compromise.

On Sunday, after meeting French President Francois Hollande, Saud warned the West against putting pressure on Egypt to end its crackdown, saying it would not achieve anything.

The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power after the 2011 revolt that overthrew their long-time ally Hosni Mubarak unsettled Gulf Arab monarchies, who fear the Islamist group wants to spread its influence into their own countries.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait pledged to give Egypt 12 billion dollars in aid after last month’s ouster of Morsi.

(Reuters/NAN)

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