Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Photo by Reuters)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – On the same day that the U.S. imposed their sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Egyptian President ‘Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi vowed to send troops to the Persian Gulf to protect regional interests.

“We wholeheartedly stand by our brothers in the Gulf and if security of the Gulf is endangered and directly threatened by anyone, the people of Egypt […] will not accept that and send its forces to defend their brothers,” he was quoted by Youm7 newspaper as saying.

When asked about the US sanctions against Iran, Sisi pointed out that “instability affects all of us.”

The new U.S. sanctions designated more than 700 Iranian individuals and entities as off-limits to US trading partners, including banks, aircraft and ships.

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