Egypt’s ‘revolutionary’ new leader wants Egypt to join NATO

Egypt’s “revolutionary” new leader has asked Egypt’s parliament to join the U.S.-led NATO alliance.

Sayed Naguib Sawiris has proposed a constitutional amendment that would make Egypt a member of the alliance.

The amendment would give Egypt access to NATO’s command and control of its airspace and air space, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Egypt currently has no NATO treaty.

In the interview with Al Jazeera, Sawiris, who is now an advisor to the newly elected interim president, Mohamed Morsi, said Egypt’s leaders had “a duty to defend our borders and our people” and to “not become a military base for any nation.”

Egypt is a member state of NATO and enjoys an economic relationship with the alliance, but it has struggled to build an effective counterbalance to Russia, China and Iran.

It has also suffered a series of attacks from both sides of the conflict.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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