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Why Did Egypt Block UN Sanctions Against Daesh's (ISIS) Saudi Branch?

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It has been revealed that Egypt led a concerted and ultimately successful effort in the United Nations to prevent the Saudi Arabian branch of Daesh being added to the UN terrorism sanctions list, in what may well have been an effort by the Kingdom to deflect attention from the extremists operating within their borders.

In January, US representatives to the UN Security Council (UNSC) proposed a quintet of Daesh affiliates based in Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen be added to the UN list of sanctioned groups and individuals.

However, Egypt, a non-permanent member of the UNSC, subsequently secretly stated in February that it wished for the UN to place the proposal on hold — and in May, the country's delegation formally objected to the inclusion of the Saudi branch, leading to the proposal being scrapped outright.

No justification for the objection was apparently offered by Egyptian representatives — although it was backed by Senegal, likewise a non-permanent member.



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