Saudi prince worried Egypt crisis mirrored in kingdom

Saudi prince worried Egypt crisis mirrored in kingdom
Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:17:05

A Saudi prince has expressed grave concerns that Saudi King Abdullah’s support to the ouster of Egyptian president can make ground for an uprising against the Saudi government and king’s removal.

In a Twitter post on his page, Khaled bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud criticized his country’s full support to the Egyptian army in removal of president Mohamed Morsi and warned that agreeing to Morsi’s ouster can be observed as a license to those who are planning for removal of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

Following removal of Morsi by the army in July 3 and the widespread protests that destabilized Egypt to this day, Saudi King Abdullah called on Arabs to stand together against "attempts to destabilize" Egypt, in a strong message of support for the country's military leadership read out on Saudi television on Friday.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its people and government stood and stands by today with its brothers in Egypt against terrorism," he claimed.

"I call on the honest men of Egypt and the Arab and Muslim nations ... to stand as one man and with one heart in the face of attempts to destabilize a country that is at the forefront of Arab and Muslim history," he added.

Saudi Arabia was a close ally of former president Hosni Mubarak and has historically had a difficult relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood.

It pledged $5 billion in aid to Egypt after Morsi was ousted.

Most Arab leaders tacitly support Egypt's deadly crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, fearing the group's growing regional influence since the Arab Spring threatens their own power, analyst say.


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