Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry ruled out the formation of a regional military alliance in the Middle East similar to NATO, saying it would not happen anytime soon during a visit to Bahrain.
Reports over the past month indicated that officials from the Zionist entity as well as regional countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates have been discussing a possible security alliance in the face of the so-called ‘Iranian threat’.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Israeli army Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi met with his Saudi counterpart Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili along with military officials from the aforementioned states in Egypt last March.
The talks were described as the first steps towards regional cooperation and covered ‘aerial threats’ posed by Iran.
Shoukry also said that the proposal would not be raised during any upcoming events, referring to the “upcoming summit with the US president in Saudi Arabia,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
US President Joe Biden is set to take his first trip to the Middle East, which will include stops in the Zionist entity, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia.
“We certainly always strive to activate the joint Arab mechanisms and capabilities that protect Arab security,” Shoukry said at a press conference in Manama.
“We are in constant consultation on various issues, whether military, political, or otherwise,” he added.