Commenting on the recent report published by The Wall Street Journal regarding a request by the United States to Egypt to send armed forces to Syria, former undersecretary of Egypt's General Intelligence Mohammad Rashad said that Egypt will summarily decline any such invitation.
"The Egyptian Armed Forces are not mercenaries [and cannot be] leased or ordered by foreign states to deploy forces in a certain area. This is not acceptable and no one [...] should dare to direct or give instructions to Egypt's army," Rashad told Egypt Independent.
Earlier, the WSJ report cited US officials as saying that that the "Trump administration is seeking to assemble an Arab force to replace the US military contingent in Syria and help stabilize the northeastern part of the country after the defeat of Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL' group]". Included in that force would be Egyptian troops.
Rashad told Egypt Independent that the country is not interested to militarily intervene in Syria, adding that the Sisi regime has adopted a neutral stance towards the conflict.
The report earlier stated that recently-appointed national security adviser John Bolton has called Egypt's acting intelligence chief Abbas Kamel to see if Cairo would be willing to contribute with military personnel.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team