Egyptians saw a potential friend in the 2016 US presidential candidate Donald . His win delivered hope that the frosty relationship between and , triggered by the administration’s support of the ousted Muslim regime, was poised to thaw.
Barack withheld aid to as a punitive measure even as the new leadership had inherited a country on the brink of Muslim -engendered chaos and bankruptcy. , the and stretched out a generous helping hand to keep the most populous Arab nation afloat.
Today, no thanks to President , the country’s economy – stock market, foreign reserves, exports, tourism and the energy sector – is back on positive ground.
President invited his Egyptian counterpart President Abdel-Fattah to the White House to “reboot relations”. He described the Egyptian President as “a fantastic guy” while assuring him that he has “a great friend and ally in the US and me”. Moreover, he indicated that he would label the ‘terrorist’, only to backtrack.
If I were in President ’s shoes, I might be thinking ‘with friends like these who need enemies’. ’s ‘kiss’ reminds me of the Godfather’s – the kiss of death. His buddy-buddy stance towards President Vladimir has seen sanctioned and he is now threatening a trade war with whose President he described as “a very special person”.
On the very day that ’s adviser and son-in-law arrived in to discuss peace and ways of solidifying US-Egyptian relations, the US Department of State informed the Egyptian government that most of the aid to , mandated under the Agreement, is to be suspended over human rights concerns.
Cited is the new NGO law, approved by the Egyptian Parliament, restricting the activities of non-governmental organizations to developmental and social work. The bill was passed primarily to prevent NGO’s funnelling funds to the Muslim and its terrorist affiliates that have been on a rampage of murder and destruction for years.
’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs slammed the decision as “a misjudgement of the nature of the strategic relations” between allies, adding it showed a “lack of understanding of the importance of supporting the stability and success of .”
On Thursday, the Egyptian leader received a call from President , who expressed his desire to improve the relationship and overcome any obstacles, while affirming the strength of friendship between and the US. Nice sentiments surely cannot heal the wounds of such a humiliating punch that serves to embolden the ’s goals.
President has admitted on many occasions that although his country is on the road to democracy, he is not in a position to loosen-up on civil society as long as is under attack and its improving economy still remains fragile. Several Christian churches have been bombed resulting in major fatalities, hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed.
It makes no sense to crack down on a country battling terrorists on the northern and being forced to protect its porous border with from infiltrators while asking that same country to be an intermediary in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Unless we assume that the US harbours covert geopolitical ambitions under the cover of human rights.
Are we to seriously imagine that US government officials and lawmakers are losing sleep over the rights of Egyptians who are free to elect a new president next year?
has detained a 100,000 of its own citizens and arrested almost half that number with little said. The war on drugs waged by the President of the has led to thousands of extra-judicial killings, yet the can look forward to a US grant worth $433m next year!
The worst state-sponsor of terrorism on the planet, Iran, received a lucrative deal which certainly was not conditional upon its human rights record.
In short, there is a marked discrepancy in the way the US and the treat and other countries. When , , or were attacked and implemented stringent anti-terrorism measures – emergency law in the case of and – they rightly received an outpouring of sympathy and offers of assistance. , on the other hand, gets only blame.
When a Russian passenger plane flying out of was allegedly bombed by a -affiliated group incurring a terrible loss of life in October 2015, the chose to suspend flights to the Red Sea resort based on a US intelligence report citing “terrorist chatter” even while the cause was under investigation.
Despite ’s cooperation with multiple teams of British aviation security experts, a huge investment in airport security, not to mention the clamour of British holidaymakers, airlines and tour companies, almost two years on, flights have yet to be reinstated leaving even British government ministers bemused.
I have to wonder who is really in charge of the US government. Was even behind the suspension of aid or was his arm twisted by the State Department that has been operating out of a different playbook, or by a few Republican lawmakers, led by Senator , who continually look for excuses to hammer ?
Graham and his usual companion Senator John visited in 2013 where they held a press conference demanding the release of ousted former Egyptian President Mohammed while referring to the people’s revolution as a ‘coup’ and were politely shown the door.
fought for its independence from Britain. President refused to be under the boot of any big power and President is cut from the same mould in that respect. ’s hostility forced towards to update its weaponry and and are negotiating a contract to build a nuclear power plant in Dabaa, a site in the north of the country.
Amid a climate of anti-Russian hysteria in the US could this be one of the driving factors behind the US government’s attempt to bring to heel? If so, it will not work but may have the opposite effect to that intended. The US has reneged on a clause in the agreement and has thus handed the right to either withdraw or renegotiate.
is a diplomatic, defence and trading partner of , the and most States and, as such, I would ask our leaderships to register their strong objections to ’s unwarranted insulting slap to one of our own.
I am not privy to the underlying reasons behind ’s attempts to undermine ’s fortunes, but I still remember a lecture given by a former member of the Rand Corporation before the US Defense Policy Board Advisory in July, 2002. The paper, headed “Expel Saudis from Arabia” summarized this: “ is the tactical pivot, the strategic pivot, the prize.”