by Ihab Abdel-Hadi
CAIRO, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- As western powers are waving threats to cut their aid to Egypt after violence erupted in the top regional country, different Arab states declared their financial and political support to Egypt, which it's likely to ease the foreign pressure, experts say.
"The Arab support to Egypt came in the right time and it is a message for the United States and the West that Egypt will not be left alone," said Sayyed Amin Shalabi, executive director of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.
Shalabi expected that the supports from Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia, would make effects on the U.S. and European decisions regarding the Egyptian issue.
"At the end they will realize that... they have to accept the changes that Egyptians wanted," he told Xinhua.
The Arab countries' move to back Egypt began with the statement of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz who expressed his country's support for Egypt in its fight against "terrorism." He also warned that anyone interfering in Egypt's internal affairs was igniting sedition.
The Saudi initiative was supported by several Arab countries including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan and Kuwait.
Saudi Arabia along with the UAE and Kuwait has already pledged a 12-million-U.S. dollars-aid to Egypt.
Meanwhile, the Saudi king's declaration was followed by another statement by his Foreign Minister Saud el-Faisal, in which he pledged to compensate Egypt for any cut of foreign aid.
Ahmed Abu el-Khair, former foreign minister advisor for international cooperation, sees that the Saudi stance will have its effect on the Egyptian scene and will boost the government's political and financial confidence.
"But now the Egyptian government has a role to play to settle the situation and to be firm against foreign pressure," Abu el- Khair noted.
"There is also a role that should be played by the Egyptian diplomacy to spread facts and combat lies and rumors," Abu el- Khair told Xinhua, adding that altering the West's stance may take longer time than it's expected.
Tension has prevailed the Egyptian foreign relations with some of the Western countries, which described the ouster of Morsi as unconstitutional power change, while the Cairo government considered it a response to a popular uprising by the Egyptians.
U.S. President Barack Obama last week cancelled annual military exercise with the Egyptian Army, while EU foreign ministers are going to hold a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss ways to pressure Egypt toward a compromise with the Muslim Brotherhood. One of their options is to cut nearly 600 million dollars aid.
Political analyst Osama el-Dalil contended that threats of cutting aid will not affect the Egyptian decision. "What is the West offering to Egypt will be peanuts if compared with the aid from Arab countries," said el-Dalil, who also ruled out any sanctions against Egypt.
"No one has the mechanism to apply sanctions against Egypt while it has this wide Arab support. Western powers will not want to harm ties with Cairo as the cost will be very high for them," el-Dalil, also the head of foreign politics section of Al-Ahram Al- Araby Magazine said.
Saudi's move to support Egypt is part of its strategy to protect its national security as well as the Arab strategic security as a whole, he noted.
He added that the Brotherhood dependance on the stance of the West was a wrong choice as the West will change stances according to its interests.
"The Brotherhood's request for international intervention only worsened its image among the Egyptians who began to consider it as an unpatriotic group and dangerous to the Egyptian national security," he said.