Egypt’s el-Sissi in UAE in first Gulf visit
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The official news agency of the United Arab Emirates says Egypt’s military chief, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is in the country attending the closing ceremony of joint military exercises.
It is el-Sissi’s second official trip abroad since he ousted President Mohammed Morsi from power after massive protests last summer. El-Sissi, who is defense minister, visited Moscow last month.
The WAM news agency reported Tuesday that el-Sissi met Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, the richest emirate in the UAE federation.
The UAE has supported Cairo’s new leadership against Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters, pledging at least $5 billion to support the transitional government.
This week the UAE joined Saudi Arabia and Egypt in labeling the Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The Brotherhood denies it practices violence.
El-Sissi is widely expected to declare his candidacy in the first presidential elections since Morsi’s ouster, and if he runs, is expected to win.