Saudi dispatches hospitals to Egypt

Published August 18th, 2013 - 08:01 GMT

A number of Arab countries have backed Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s call on Friday, urging them to support Egypt in its fight against terrorism and those who undermine the country’s security and stability.

The king, meanwhile, ordered on Saturday the dispatch of three fully-equipped field hospitals to Egypt. The move is aimed at “standing by and supporting the brotherly Egyptian people, and to reduce the pressure on hospitals there,” SPA quoted an official as saying. The hospitals will come with a full staff of doctors and technicians, he said.

King Abdullah had said that Egypt’s stability is being targeted by “haters,” warning that anyone interfering in Egypt’s internal affairs is “igniting sedition.” 

In response, the UAE said Saudi Arabia's remarks came at a “pivotal moment” and that the statement was “fully backed” by Emirati leaders. “The Saudi statement reflects consciousness and prudent approach to crush plots being hatched against Egypt,” said a statement carried by WAM.

“The resolute position of the Saudi king against those who burnt incense fire for sedition, raising havoc will be a victory for Egypt, Islam and Arabism. This courageous and rational stance was expected of King Abdullah,” it added.

The Egyptian presidency hailed the king’s support, saying Egypt will “never” forget his “historic stance.” 

Voicing support to king’s stance, Bahrain said it fully backed King Abdullah's statement, adding that Egypt has the right to restore order in the country, fight terrorism and violence, as well as stop the destruction of properties.

Kuwait, meanwhile, said it supported the measures taken by the Egyptian government. 

Jordan praised King Abdullah’s support for the Egyptian government. Saleh Al-Qallab, a Jordanian political analyst, told Al-Arabiya channel that Saudi Arabia would not leave the Egyptian military alone. “The situation in Egypt is very critical and Saudi Arabia has put itself on the right side of history,” he said.

Egyptian President Adly Mansour earlier thanked King Abdullah for the support throughout the present crisis in Egypt. “Even though Egypt has been facing difficult times, it has remained strong in its resolve to protect its people. The Arab and Muslim worlds have also been supportive in countering the sedition and deviance facing our country,” Mansour said in a message to the king.

“The king’s statement reflects his firmness in support of the truth, as well as his government and people’s stance in this crisis,” the president added, urging the Arab and Muslim world to listen to the call made by the king to take a strong stance against terror.

Ahmed El-Tayeb, head of the Egyptian religious establishment Al-Azhar, also commended the king for supporting the Egyptian people during prevalent political turmoil. “King Abdullah’s stance confirms that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a fortress of pan-Arabism and Islamic values,” he said.

Meanwhile, an official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Saud Al-Faisal had not made any statement to the mass media regarding the Kingdom’s stance on the crisis in Egypt.

In a related development, Egyptian police cleared protesters from a Cairo mosque on Saturday after a standoff that included exchanges of fire, as the death toll from four days of violence surpassed 750. Security forces dragged supporters of deposed President Muhammad Morsi from Al-Fath mosque, passing through angry crowds who tried to beat them, calling them “terrorists.”

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