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Egyptian-Turkish relations will be antagonistic

Monday, October 26, 2020

Significance

The recent focus of their rivalry has been on their competing maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean and their support for opposing sides in the Libyan civil war. Underlying these contests are Erdogan’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and his need to shore up domestic support through foreign victories.

Impacts

  • The perceived threat from Turkey has spurred Egypt to strengthen its relations with other Arab countries.
  • A Mediterranean anti-Turkey front, including Egypt, France, Cyprus, Greece and Israel, will gain momentum.
  • The rivalry pitting Egypt and its Gulf allies against Turkey and its ally Qatar is set to persist.
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