Egypt's Sisi calls Gulf leaders following alleged leaks

Alleged leaks were apparently involving offensive remarks about wealthy Gulf nations.

Egypt's Sisi calls Gulf leaders following alleged leaks
World Bulletin / News Desk
 Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has phoned four Gulf leaders following the emergence of allegedly leaked audio recordings, in which senior officials, including him, made offensive remarks about wealthy Gulf nations.

Al-Sisi made phone calls to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain as well as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on Sunday night, during which the Gulf leaders reassured Egypt's leader of their continued support to his country.

The calls come one day after an audio recording was broadcast by a pro-Muslim Brotherhood satellite channel purportedly featuring then Defense Minister al-Sisi, his chief-of-staff Abbas Kamel, and then army chief of staff Mahmoud Hegazi making offensive remarks about Gulf states.

The audio, which could not be verified by The Anadolu Agency, also includes allegations about diverting part of Gulf aid to Egypt into the army budget.

During his phone call with al-Sisi, King Salman Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia said that his country's position towards Egypt's stability and security would not change, describing relations between the two states as a "strategic model," Saudi's state-run SPA news agency said.

The Saudi monarch stressed that the well-established and distinctive relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia are "stronger than any attempt to disturb them."

Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Jaber al-Sabah, for his part, assured al-Sisi that "unity and solidarity with Egypt have not and will not be affected by any attempts to undermine them."

The Egyptian president, meanwhile, expressed appreciation for the stance of Gulf leaders.

Arab countries channeled billions of dollars in aid to Egypt following the military ousted elected President Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Şubat 2015, 10:34