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Egypt starts to regain regional clout

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Significance

This will be the first such visit since 2011. In June, President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi appointed a new ambassador to Doha, part of a process of mending relations that were broken when Egypt joined three Gulf Arab states in boycotting Qatar in 2017. The boycott was lifted in January. Egypt is actively seeking to improve relations with several regional states.

Impacts

  • Egypt, which is seeking closer ties with both Turkey and Greece, could potentially become a mediator in disputes between them.
  • Strong relations with both Turkey and Saudi Arabia might create a strong Sunni Muslim alliance to counter the influence of Shia Iran.
  • A well-recognised international profile will increase Cairo's confidence in ignoring criticism of its record on human rights.
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