In case you don’t remember, the Saudi King refused to even talk to Obama for a long time after the overthrow of his friend Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, supported and funded in part by Obama. Now, not only are the King and the Russian President vowing to back General Sisi against the Brotherhood, they are putting their money where their mouths are, more than making up for Obama’s threat to cut off $1.3 billion.
al-Jazeera King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has called on Arabs to stand together against “attempts by the Muslim Brotherhood to destabilise” Egypt. (Various reports say the King pledged anywhere from $5 – 12 billion in aid to Egypt and Putin has promised to visit Egypt to discuss a large Russian arms sale to Egypt, bankrolled by the oil kingdom)
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its people and government stood and stands by today with its brothers in Egypt against terrorism,” he said in a statement read on state TV on Friday, backing Egypt’s military leadership. “I call on the honest men of Egypt and the Arab and Muslim nations … to stand as one man and with one heart in the face of attempts to destabilise a country that is at the forefront of Arab and Muslim history,” he added.
He also said that they are confident that Egypt will recover. Saudi Arabia was a close ally of former president Hosni Mubarak and has historically had a difficult relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood.
It pledged at least $5 billion in aid to Egypt after Mohammed Morsi of the Brotherhood was ousted from the presidency last month.