Saudi General Backs off Statement on Egypt Sending Troops to Yemen
2017-04-19 - 2:51 am
Bahrain Mirror: Major General Ahmad Asiri, the spokesperson of the Saudi-led military coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen, withdrew on Monday a statement he made recently that stipulated Egypt offered to participate in Yemen war with nearly 40,000 conscripts.
According to his clarification, he noted that what he meant was that Egypt has offered to participate with the aforementioned number of conscripts in forming a common Arab military force, as a part of a suggestion discussed at the Arab League; not to take part in the Yemen war.
During an interview with Saudi privately-owned news channel Al-Arabyia, Asiri said that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi informed Saudi Arabia that Egypt can participate in the Yemen war by nearly 40,000 conscripts on the ground.
In March 2015, Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen with the participation of forces from other Arab Gulf countries; the military operations came in the context of a Saudi-led military coalition to support the legitimacy of the current Yemeni President Abdel Hadi Mansour.
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