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Egyptian Army’s Financial Coup: 12 Billion Petrodollars from Saudi, UAE, Kuwait
Debkafiles ^ | July 10, 2013, 9:11 AM (IDT)

Posted on 07/10/2013 5:23:37 PM PDT by drewh

In a dazzling display of monetary muscle, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates poured $8 billion in a single day into the coffers of Egypt’s army rulers in cash, grants, loans without interest and gifts of gas, a dizzying life-saving infusion into its tottering economy. Forking out sums on this scale in a single day – or even month - is beyond the capacity of almost every world power – even the US and Russia - in this age of economic distress. The Arab oil colossuses managed to dwarf Iran’s pretensions to the standing of regional power.

Tuesday, July 9, just six days after the Egyptian army overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi, a UAR delegation of foreign and energy ministers and national security adviser landed in Cairo. They came carrying the gifts of $1 billion as a grant and $2 billion in long-term credit. In well-orchestrated moves, Saudi Arabia then stepped forward with a $5 billion package, of which a lump sum of $2 billion was drafted to Egypt’s state bank that day, followed by another $2 billion as a gift of Saudi gas, and a further $1 billion for propping up the sagging Egyptian currency.

The delivery by two Arab governments to a third of financial assistance on this scale and on a single day is unheard of in the Middle East, or, indeed, anwhere else.

As they celebrate Ramadan, 84 million Egyptians can start looking forward to a square meal at the end of their month of fasting. This river of largesse was the outcome of a development first revealed last week: The Egyptian military high command was not working alone when its operations headquarters put together the July 3 takeover of power from the Muslim Brotherhood; it was coordinated closely down to the last detail with the palaces of the Saudi and UAE rulers and the operations rooms of their intelligence services. This mechanism is designed to shore up Egypt’s post-coup regime and restore the strife-torn country, the most populous in the Arab world, to its traditional eminence. Cairo is assigned a lead role in a Sunni Muslim bloc stretching from the Gulf to Cairo (with room for quiet collaboration with Israel) to withstand the challenges posed by the alliance of Russia, Iran, Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah.

The petrodollar shower for Egypt did not end with the $8 billion from Saudi Arabia and the UAE: Kuwait has pledged another $5 billion - later amended to $4 billion - in a secret communication to Riyadh. It will be released after the sheikhdom's parliamentary elections on July 27, and so raise total Gulf Arab bounty to Egypt to the staggering total of $12 billion. Friendly assistance on this scale tends to diminish the relevance of Washington’s dilemmas over the continuation of its $1.3 billion aid package to Egypt after a military coup, of which $700 is due this year.

The suggestion that US aid may be used to hasten Egypt’s “swift return to a democratically elected civilian government” loses its force when Saudi Arabia and the UAE have both guaranteed to make up any shortfalls in US aid to Egypt. On June 26, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Kadri Jamil boasted that Moscow, Beijing and Tehran were contributing half a billion dollars per month to Syria’s war chest. “It’s not so bad to have Russia, China and Iran on your side,” he gloated. Egypt can now boast to have far outstripped Syria in foreign support - $12 billion in a single month, compared with a mere $6 billion in a year.


TOPICS: Extended News; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: egypt; hizballah; iran; israel; kuwait; lebanon; qatar; russia; saudiarabia; syria; unitedarabemirates; waronterror

1 posted on 07/10/2013 5:23:37 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

Good. I’m tired of the American taxpayers getting bilked.


2 posted on 07/10/2013 5:27:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
Good. I’m tired of the American taxpayers getting bilked.

News flash! Its the money we pay them for their oil that they are spending to insure their good graces in Egypt!

3 posted on 07/10/2013 5:33:26 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: BenLurkin

The U.S.A. needs to pull in their horns and let someone else carry the load. Frankly, I am tired of the whole foreign aid scam.


4 posted on 07/10/2013 5:33:45 PM PDT by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: drewh

Bump


5 posted on 07/10/2013 5:36:11 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: drewh
I'd say they just castrated the WON - but it's hard to castrate a eunuch
6 posted on 07/10/2013 5:44:08 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: drewh

To the benefit of the Saudi dominance in petroleum vs. Iran, and in support of fellow Sunni “secular” leaders who will respond to Saudi’s power, being the largest real military power in the area. That’s what this is over. The muslim brotherhood is not positioned like the madrassahs are to blackmail the Sauds.

Along with the very real situation that the Israelis have deliverable nukes, even so. That is to say that Israel’s and Saud’s interest are in tandem against the Iranians as a result of Israel’s nukes, and Saud’s continued role as protector of Mecca.


7 posted on 07/10/2013 6:21:30 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks drewh.
As they celebrate Ramadan, 84 million Egyptians can start looking forward to a square meal at the end of their month of fasting. This river of largesse was the outcome of a development first revealed last week: The Egyptian military high command was not working alone when its operations headquarters put together the July 3 takeover of power from the Muslim Brotherhood; it was coordinated closely down to the last detail with the palaces of the Saudi and UAE rulers and the operations rooms of their intelligence services. This mechanism is designed to shore up Egypt’s post-coup regime and restore the strife-torn country, the most populous in the Arab world, to its traditional eminence. Cairo is assigned a lead role in a Sunni Muslim bloc stretching from the Gulf to Cairo (with room for quiet collaboration with Israel) to withstand the challenges posed by the alliance of Russia, Iran, Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah.

8 posted on 07/12/2013 7:44:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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