Egypt’s president and former defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has backed calls to create a unified Arab military force capable of opposing regional security threats and called the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led intervention in Yemen the “inevitable” result of meddling by a foreign power, namely non-Arab Iran.

The Guardian reports:

Speaking at an Arab League summit, [Sisi] said that the military campaign against Shia Houthi militias in Yemen, which has been led by Saudi Arabia, aimed to “preserve Yemen’s unity and the peace of its territories”.

Sisi was backed by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who vowed that the military intervention in Yemen would not stop until the country was stable and safe.

The Egyptian president said the Arab world was facing unprecedented threats and, without mentioning it by name, accused Shia, non-Arab Iran of meddling in Arab affairs. He also blamed Shia rebels for creating chaos in the country, calling them “stooges of Iran”.

Saudi Arabia leads the 22-member Arab League, which is composed predominantly of Sunni Muslim states.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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