Egyptian troops prepare their armored personnel carriers ahead of a military operation in the northern Sinai Peninsula on August 5, 2012.
A political expert says Saudi Arabia is backing extremism in the Sinai Peninsula with the aim of undermining the democratically-elected government in Egypt.
In an interview with Russia Today TV channel, Middle East expert Elena Galkina accused Riyadh of aiding Salafi extremists and armed groups in the region.
She said that this way the Saudi government is seeking to undermine the Islamic government in the post-revolution Egypt so that it would not be able to rival Riyadh’s leadership among Sunni-majority Arab states.
A Norwegian radio had earlier revealed a joint intelligence project designed in 2011 by Saudi Arabia and a number of regional and international spy services to sow insecurity in Sinai.
The report also indicated attempts made by Israel and the United States to avert the Islamic government in Cairo from a review of the Camp David Accords of 1979 and prevent it from reconsidering its ties with Iran.