JEDDAH: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia pledged his country’s support to Egypt’s fight on “terrorism,” saying it was the military-backed government’s “legitimate right,” in a speech aired on official Al Ekhbariya television yesterday.
Saudi Arabia “has stood and stands with its Egyptian brothers against terrorism, deviance and sedition, and against those who try to interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs... and its legitimate rights in deterring those tampering with and misleading” its people, he said.
King Abdullah urged the Arab and Muslim world to stand “in the face of whoever tries to destabilise” Egypt. “Those who have interfered in its affairs must know that they are causing sedition and backing terrorism, which they claim to fight,” he said.
Jordan said it backed Egypt’s efforts to “impose rule of law” and “combat terrorism,” in its first official reaction to the deadly crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
In a statement carried by state-run Petra news agency, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said “All Arabs and Muslims should stand firm against attempts to tamper with Egypt’s security and stability.”