The Egyptian government said it had extended by three months the deployment of “some elements of the armed forces” abroad, enabling it to continue participating in a Saudi-led coalition that has been launching air strikes in Yemen.

Egypt, which has one of the Middle East’s largest military forces, is a close ally of Saudi Arabia and has said it is participating in the alliance targeting Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are allies of Iran.

Egypt initially authorized a 40-day mandate on March 26 to defend national and Arab security in the Gulf, the Red Sea and the Strait of Mandeb. The defense ministry asked for the mandate to be renewed before its expiry, a statement from the cabinet said on Sunday. […]