Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
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Egypt has allegedly put Hezbollah's leaders on the list of people banned from entering the state, as a part of its commitment to the security of Gulf States.
According to Arab media reports, an Egyptian security official said that Egypt decided to ban Hezbollah leaders from entering the state following the latest decision of the Gulf Cooperation Council to label Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Egypt's decision also states that people affiliated with Hezbollah would also be banned from holding stocks in Egyptian banks.
The official added that Egypt also decided to ban entry from Palestinians in Gaza who hold contacts with the Lebanese terror organization, after it had already warned Hezbollah to stop supporting armed organizations in Gaza Strip, which poses a threat to Egypt's national security.
Egypt's decision is quite surprising since two weeks ago it hosted an official Hezbollah delegation for discussions on security coordination. However, in light of the upcoming visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud to Cairo in April amid a growing rift in the Arab world between the pro-Hezbollah camp lead by Iran and the anti-Hezbollah camp lead by Saudi Arabia, Egypt seems keen to align with the Saudi kingdom.