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Egypt’s president backs joint Arab military force

Egypt’s president backs joint Arab military force

A joint military force should be created to defend Arab nations, Egypt’s president said Saturday.

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Guards search vehicles before a meeting of Arab heads of state, in Sharm el-Sheik, South Sinai, Egypt. (Ahmed Abdel Fatah / Associated Press)

 

President Abdel Fattah Sisi made his comments at a summit of Arab leaders in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where the escalating conflict in Yemen was top of the agenda.

He said the Arab world was at a critical crossroads and facing unprecedented challenges.

“The challenges are grave,” he told the Arab leaders. “It is a huge responsibility, heavy and burdensome.”

Saudi-led warplanes carry out a second day of airstrikes in Yemen
Saudi-led warplanes carry out a second day of airstrikes in Yemen
His comments came as Saudi-led airstrikes were launched against Shiite rebels in Yemen, known as Houthis.

The coalition supporting the strikes says the takeover of Yemen is supported by Iran, which wants to exert its influence in the region.

Sisi said military action in Yemen was “inevitable.”

“We reject any intervention in our own affairs,” he said, but did not directly mention Iran.

The summit also heard from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Yemen President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled his nation.

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