Given the turmoil of the last few days, it’s fortunate that the presidents of Egypt and the U.S. have begun to reforge the strategic partnership that unraveled under President Barack Obama.
The horrific attacks on Christian churches in Egypt, a declaration of emergency rule, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s gas attack on innocent civilians have set a tense region further on edge. Bringing a measure of stability back is going to require the two leaders to work together.
It’s not surprising that Presidents Donald Trump and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi hit it off without even a round of golf. The two see the world in much the same way.
Both believe the Islamist threat from terrorists and subversive political movements is the top menace to regional stability. Both worry that unsettled states such as Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen will serve as hotbeds for terrorist activity.
Both are intolerant of state-sponsored terrorism as foreign policy as practiced by states such as Iran. Both find Russia’s meddling in the Middle East unhelpful. Both would like to see the Israel-Palestinian peace process get back on track. (Read more from “New Turmoil in Middle East Makes Sisi-Trump Ties Even More Important” HERE)