Egypt president says Yemen intervention inevitable

2015-03-28 22:30
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Sharm el-Sheikh - Egypt's president says the military intervention by a 10-nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia was "inevitable" after meddling there by a foreign power - a thinly veiled reference to Iran.

Soldier-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi also endorsed on Saturday the creation of a joint Arab military force, saying that the Arab world was facing "unprecedented" threats and, without mentioning it by name, accused Shi'ite, non-Arab Iran of meddling in Arab affairs.

The campaign of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition was in response to a power grab in the impoverished nation by Iranian-backed Shiite rebels known as the Houthis.

Iran and the Houthis deny that Tehran arms the rebel movement.

Al-Sisi made the remarks at the opening session of an Arab summit held in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

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