Egypt-Turkey Strained Relations: Implications for Regional Security

Source: Arab Center Washington DC

Author(s):  Khalil al-Anani

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Recent media reports highlighted Egypt’s attempt to form a regional security coalition against Turkey. This is the latest episode in the strained and tense relations between the two countries that have had a hostile relationship since the summer of 2013, following the military coup led by General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi that removed the late President Mohamed Morsi from power. Egypt’s intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel, has met with his counterparts in North African countries in order to form what is dubbed a “security alliance” that will counter the Turkish presence in the region. Relatedly, Egyptian and Libyan sources revealed that “Egypt has founded a new navy commando force that will work with Libyan militants to block Turkish ships from delivering aid to the internationally-recognised government in Tripoli.” This political and strategic standoff between Egypt and Turkey has several implications for the stability and security of the Middle East and North Africa.

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