According to the Egyptian presidency, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has opened a strategic naval base on the Mediterranean Sea to secure shipping lines.
The ceremony was attended by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and by the chairman of Libya’s Presidential Council Mohamed al-Menfi. The base lies some 255 kilometres west of Alexandria, towards the border with Libya, a country where both Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have played a key military role. In April, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli travelled to Libya, where he had talks with interim prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah, in a new sign of warming ties between Cairo and Tripoli. Dbeibah visited Egypt in February on his first official trip abroad after his election. The base was named “July 3” after the day eight years ago when Sisi led the military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Egypt has three other naval bases in the Mediterranean and one in the Red Sea.
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