In this Oct. 24, 2017 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi attends a military ceremony in the courtyard at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France. (Charles Platiau, Pool via AP, File)
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Egypt faces high expectations from Saudi Arabia and its other Gulf Arab benefactors that it will have their back as tensions rise with their rival Iran, including throwing the weight of its military – the largest standing Arab army – into the crisis if needed. But Egypt clearly has no desire to be dragged into a military conflict or to see the tensions spiral into another Saudi-Iran proxy battle like the many that are already tearing up the Middle East.Egyptian commentators have bluntly warned against getting mired into a military conflict initiated by the Saudis.Still, Egypt has been willing to resist Saudi demands.The Saudis and Egypt have somewhat patched up the ill-feelings.Tension has been running high between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
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