Saudi Arabia will support Eyptian President Hosni Mubarak if the United States decides to cut its financial assistance to the African country, Saudi’s leader, King Abdullah, reportedly said in a Feb. 9 phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama.

In that call, Obama “emphasized the importance of taking immediate steps toward an orderly transition that is meaningful, lasting, legitimate, and responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” the White House said.

King Abdullah reportedly said he is ready to prop up Mubarak’s rule if the United States withdraws its financial support, the Jerusalem Post says, citing a report by U.K.-based newspaper The Times.

The U.S. government is currently reviewing whether to continue or suspend its military and development aid to Egypt. Senior government officials and key legislators are supporting continued aid, while others believe the U.S. should immediately cut assistance.

>> US Legislators Debate Possible Aid Cutoff to Egypt

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Meantime, a top Israeli politician is urging the U.S. to revise its policy in Egypt and convert the approximately USD1.3 billion annual military aid it gives the country to development aid.

“I call on the United States to immediately stop all military aid to Egypt and to the other states in the area and to convert it, without condition, to civilian aid,” the Jerusalem Post quotes Shaul Mofaz, chairman of the foreign affairs and defense committee at the Knesset, Israel’s legislative body.

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