EGYPT DENIES POSSIBILITY OF FOREIGN MILITARY BASES ON ITS LAND

Egypt denied on Monday, the possibility of allowing foreign military bases on its territories, state-run Ahram Online website reported.

According to the report, Egypt’s presidential spokesman refuted recent media reports that Moscow is negotiating with Cairo, to construct a military base near the Mediterranean.

The media reports, started by Russian daily newspaper, Izvestia, claimed that Russia is negotiating with Egypt, to rent a number of military facilities, including an air base in Sidi Barani town, 95 km east of the Egyptian-Libyan border, starting 2019.

A military source told Ahram that, Cairo strongly rejected other countries’ requests to build military bases in Egypt, explaining that foreign military bases run against the principles of the government.

Egypt and Russia, once close allies in the 1960’s until the late 1970’s, have reestablished strong military and political ties, since Egyptian president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, took office in 2014.

Last year, the navies of the two countries held their first ever joint naval drill, off the coast of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, that lasted for eight days

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.