Source: Arab Center Washington DC
Author(s): Sahar Khamis
The US-Egypt strategic dialogue was held in Washington, DC in early November between Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his American counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Initially launched under President Bill Clinton in 1998, this dialogue was held annually except for a period of stagnation under President Barack Obama, from 2009 to 2016. The talks provide an important opportunity for the two allies to discuss issues of mutual interest and joint collaboration.
The timing of this year’s meeting has special significance, as it took place in the aftermath of important regional conflicts, from the Hamas-Israel Gaza war in May to the military coup in Sudan, the instability and uncertainty in Libya, and the escalating crisis in Ethiopia, among others. Therefore, these bilateral talks provide an opportunity moving forward to revisit the nature of the relationship between the two countries: its evolution, current status, strengths, dilemmas or future threats, and potential for change.
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