Cairo - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has said he will not allow divisions, or organising along political, religious or sectarian lines among members of the Egyptian armed forces, saying that the Egyptian military will forever remain "the army of the nation.", state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported.
ُEl-Sisi's statement came during a speech before the Egyptian Armed Forces 24th intellectual seminar titled Counter-terrorism; a Nation's Will on Thursday.
"I say before you, I refused a request over four years ago to allow sectarian and religious affiliation inside our armed forces; our army will remain the army of the Egyptian people."
"Anyone who appears to have adopted any orientation or loyalty inside the army except for to his nation will be expelled immediately; this has been the rule of the army for thirty years," the president said.