Jordan tells Egypt to 'remain firm' in the face of terrorism
An Egyptian policeman talks to a soldier manning an armoured personnel carrier outside the Egyptian Constitutional Court in Cairo on Monday (AFP photo)
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Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Monday reiterated Jordan’s support for the Egyptian government, and called on the Egyptian army to remain “firm” in the face of “terrorism”.
In a telephone call with his Egyptian counterpart Hazem Beblawi, Ensour also offered Jordan’s condolences over the death of 24 policemen, who were killed near the Rafah border in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday morning after gunmen attacked their buses.
He emphasised that the Kingdom wishes Egypt to remain stable and survive the critical situation it is going through.
Ensour stressed that a strong and stable Egypt is both a Jordanian and a regional interest. He added that any force that undermines Egypt’s security would also bring chaos to the Arab region as a whole.
“We want to see Egypt strong so it may remain the heart of the Arab and Islamic nation,” Ensour said at the press conference.
Former Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi was removed from power by the Egyptian army on July 3.
“Jordan and the region cannot tolerate anything that might breakdown the country’s institutions and economy, which would eventually affect the lives of millions of Egyptians,” the premier said, stressing that the current crisis in Egypt requires the support of all Arab countries.
“The Egyptian state must not melt or erode or turn into a failed country. Jordan’s policy is based on respect of other countries and we do not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. We look around and see what is happening in Iraq and in Syria and elsewhere. Certainly we do not want to see Egypt walk that path,” Ensour said at the presser.
“If the Egyptian army goes, Egypt goes. The army must remain firm and strong,” he added.