Saudi Arabiaâ„¢s King Abdullah says the kingdom backs Egypt in its fight against Å“terrorism,” describing the brutal crackdown on the supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi as the military-backed government’s “legitimate right.”
In a speech aired on official al-Ekhbariya television on Friday, King Abdullah called on Arabs to stand together against what he called “attempts to destabilize” Egypt.
Saudi Arabia “has stood and stands with its Egyptian brothers against terrorism, deviance and sedition, and against those who try to interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs… and its legitimate rights in deterring those tampering with and misleading” its people, he said.
“Those who have interfered in its affairs must know that they are causing sedition and backing terrorism, which they claim to fight,” the king added.
King Abdullah’s speech was Saudi Arabia’s first comment on the violence in Egypt.
Saudi Arabia, which was a close ally of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, pledged 5 billion US dollars in aid to Egypt after Morsi was ousted in a military coup last month.
King Abdullah was also the first foreign head of state to congratulate Adly Mansour, hours after the military declared him Egypt’s interim president.
Three other Persian Gulf Arab states — the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait — have already echoed Saudi Arabia’s stance on Egypt.
Qatar, which is a key supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, has so far been the only Arab state of the Persian Gulf to strongly denounce the killing of Å“unarmed innocent people.”
Egypt has faced international condemnation over the death of almost 640 people who were killed on Wednesday when the security forces cleared protest camps set up by pro-Morsi supporters to demonstrate against his ouster.
Tension has intensified in Egypt since July 3, when army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi removed Morsi from office, suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.
Republished from: Press TV