Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Egypt's President Al-Sisi Calls For A Joint Arab Military Force

President said a unified Arab force is needed to face the threat of Islamic militancy
Egypt’s president said Sunday that the need for a joint Arab military force is growing every day as the region faces the threat of Islamic militancy.
President Abdel-Fattah Al Sissi said in an address to the nation aired by local TV that Egypt’s military has no interest in invading or attacking other nations, but will defend Egypt as well as the region “if required and in coordination with our Arab brothers.”
A soldier-turned-politician, the Egyptian leader said both Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have offered to dispatch military forces to aid Egypt following last week’s beheading in Libya of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants.
Al-Sisi tries to reassure Egyptians despite host of challenges
“The need for a unified Arab force is growing and becoming more pressing every day,” said Mr. Sissi, who took office in June. As military chief, Mr. Sissi led the July 2013 removal of Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, after millions took to the streets to demand that he step down.
Mr. Sissi’s assertion that a joint Arab military force was needed was the first public confirmation by an Arab leader that the creation of such a force was a possibility. He gave no details and didn't say whether any concrete steps have been taken.
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