SAUDI FUEL HALT NOT RELATED TO EGYPT’S U.N VOTE ON SYRIA

Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, ruled out that the halt of Saudi Arabian fuel shipments to Egypt, was an answer to his country’s UN Security Council vote on Syria.

“Some thought that the halt of the fuel shipments to Egypt came, in response to Egypt’s stance in the Security Council, but it is not true,” Sisi said, during an educational seminar organised by the Egyptian Armed Forces.

He said, the fuel halt is related to a deal signed in AprIL, adding that, Egypt has taken measures to secure its fuel needs.

“We do not have any problem regarding the issue of securing fuel,” he confirmed.

Media reports attributed the Saudi decision to cease deliveries of fuel supplies to Egypt, after the North African country backed a Russian resolution on Syria, in the UN Security Council.

Saudi Arabia is one of the strongest supporters of Sisi’s administration, and it led oil-rich Gulf States, excluding Qatar, to assist Sisi’s government with billions of U.S. dollars and tonnes of oil supplies to maintain Egypt’s stability, following the military removal of former Islamist President, Mohamed Morsi, in early July, 2013.

Meanwhile, Sisi stressed that Egypt’s stance towards the Syrian issue is clear, which is, reaching a political solution to the crises, disarming armed groups there and rebuilding the country.

“I see that our brothers in the Gulf States do not oppose this,” he said.

Sisi also said that Egypt’s votes on the French and the Russian resolutions were meant to reach ceasefire, and allow the entry of human assistance to the Syrians.

“This was our perspective when we voted,” Sisi pointed out.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.