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    The statement came as the second round of the US anti-Iranian sanctions entered force on Monday. The sanctions designated more than 700 Iranian individuals and entities as off-limits to US trading partners, including banks, aircraft and ships.

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pledged that the country's army will defend members of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf if they face a direct threat from any country.

    "We wholeheartedly stand by our brothers in the Gulf and if security of the Gulf is endangered and directly threatened by anyone, the people of Egypt […] will not accept that and send its forces to defend their brothers," he was quoted by Youm7 newspaper as saying.

    READ MORE: 'Economic War': Iran Vows to Continue Selling Oil as US Sanctions Take Effect

    When asked about the US sanctions against Iran, Sisi pointed out that "instability affects all of us."

    Sisi made the statement a day after a new batch of US anti-Iranian sanctions, targeting the Islamic Republic's oil trade as well as shipping and banking, came into force.

    Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington expected all countries to eventually reduce their oil imports from Iran to zero. At the same time, Washington temporarily exempted eight nations from the sanctions on importing oil from Iran. They include China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey.

    READ MORE: Trump: Sanctions Against Iran to Remain 'in Full Force' Until New Deal Reached

    On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also pledging to re-impose sanctions against Tehran that were lifted under the accord. The first round of the restrictive measures was slapped in August.

    Other signatories to the JCPOA, including Russia, France, the UK, China and Germany, are struggling to preserve the deal and find a way to bypass US sanctions, which also jeopardize foreign companies doing business with the Islamic Republic.


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