A political analyst has told Press TV that no benefit is gained from Egypt being in relations with the Saudis, as Riyadh is playing a dual role in the African country.
“Saudis have always been involved in the region, they are very dangerous… We have to consider them to be a very negative element and Egypt is not going to benefit from any relationship with the Saudis,” Lawrence Freeman said.
Freeman went on to explain that Riyadh has adopted double standard policies over Cairo, adding it has changed its stance on the Muslim Brotherhood, it used to support for long time.
The Saudis “have, at various times supported the Muslim Brotherhood. So I do not know if you would say that this is the case that they are simply going for coup; they have played both sides because the fact of the matter is, the policies to disrupt Egypt and to throw Egypt into chaos and war, and this has also been supported by certain factions in the US as well,” he stated.
On July 9, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged a total of USD 8 billion aid to Egypt, showing their support for the Egyptian army’s coup against President Mohamed Morsi.
The move sparked the outrage of thousands of millions of the supporters of the ousted president.
Egypt has plunged into unrelenting string of violence since General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian army pushed aside the first democratically elected president and declared chief Justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour as the interim president.
Saudi Arabia was the first among the countries who congratulated Mansour on his assignment as president.
By Press TV
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