Leader voices sup­port for Syr­ian pres­i­dent’s mil­i­tary

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Egypt’s pres­i­dent has ex­pressed sup­port for Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s mil­i­tary in re­marks likely to irk Saudi Ara­bia and Gulf Arab al­lies who back Syr­ian rebels in the civil war. Ab­del-Fat­tah el-Sissi said in an in­ter­view with the Por­tuguese TV net­work RTP that Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces are best po­si­tioned to com­bat ter­ror­ism and re­store sta­bil­ity in the war-torn na­tion. Asked if he’d send Egyp­tian peace­keep­ers to Syria un­der a peace deal, el-Sissi said that “it is bet­ter that the na­tional army take re­spon­si­bil­ity” and that his pri­or­ity is to “sup­port the na­tional army” of Syria. Cairo and Riyadh are at odds over the war in Syria. Egypt an­gered its top fi­nan­cial backer last month when it backed Rus­sian and French draft res­o­lu­tions on Syria at the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

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