Source: Carnegie Endowment
Author(s): Yezid Sayigh
Much is being made of signs of a reinvigorated Egyptian foreign policy. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s trips to Moscow in 2014 and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s return visit to Cairo in February 2015, during which Russia committed to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, were followed by deals to purchase Russian and French arms signed in September 2014 and February 2015. These have been portrayed by Egyptian commentators and others as demonstrating Egypt’s independence in relations with the United States.
More significantly, Sisi’s call on February 22 for a unified Arab intervention force in Libya, has greatly heightened expectations that Egypt will assume an activist regional profile…
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