Cairo- In an assertion that no lenience will be shown in the crisis with Qatar and the list of Arab demands delivered by the Quartet States to Doha, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said on Saturday that his country would show no tolerance with those funding terrorism.
“Terrorism will not be eliminated unless countries that finance it are held accountable. It is impossible to tolerate those countries financing terrorism with billions of dollars, leading to the killing of our citizens, while boasting about the rights of brothers and neighbors,” el-Sisi said.
The Egyptian president was speaking Saturday at al-Hammam City during the inauguration of Mohamed Naguib military base, which is located at the western border with Libya.
The ceremony was attended by an array of prominent Gulf and Arab figures, including Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Emir of the Holy Mecca Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifah and Commander of the Libyan National Army General Haftar Khalifa.
El-Sisi said in his speech that patience has long-drawn-out regarding the role of some countries and parties in sponsoring and financing terrorism.
“To those countries we say that the blood of innocent people is expensive, and what you are doing will not go unpunished,” the president said, adding: “You will not be able to undermine Egypt or our brothers in the region.”
Last month, the Arab Quartet including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and building closer ties with Iran.
El-Sisi said the new Mohamed Naguib military base embodies the advanced level reached by the Egyptian Armed Forces that could now compete with the most modern military bases in the world.
Participants later attended an aerial show of the French-made Rafale aircraft, followed by a presentation of two separate American-made F-16 models.