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RIYADH, June 3 Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has
asked countries to attend a donor conference for Egypt, his
country's most populous Arab ally, following its election of
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday, state media reported
The world's top oil exporter has been a main supporter of
Sisi and Egypt's military government since the army overthrew
president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last summer.
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates pledged
$12 billion in aid then, but have not announced any new
"I urge you all to attend a donors' conference to help Egypt
overcome its economic difficulties," he said, addressing Egypt's
"friends and brothers" in a lengthy and fulsome statement of
He said any country that did not contribute to Egypt's
future despite having the ability to do so would "have no future
place among us".
Abdullah also warned that Saudi Arabia, which regards Egypt
as a frontline ally in its region-wide struggle against both
Iran and the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, would not tolerate any
interference in Egypt's internal affairs.
(Reporting By Angus McDowall in Riyadh and Amena Bakr in Doha;
Editing by Kevin Liffey)