In this tense atmosphere, the handshake between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi, despite all the existing differences, at the opening ceremony of the World Cup held in Qatar in 2022, has raised hopes, once again, for a dialogue on normalization.
When Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi decided to cede the islands to Saudi Arabia, the decision was met with nationalist backlash and protests.
As for international positions on the coup, so far Saied has found no real financial backers to rely on in the manner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was able to in Egypt.
As mentioned earlier, Egypt sided with the Syrian regime under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and the two countries have since restored consular relations.
Qatar and the UAE were in a battle of narratives following the UAE’s unconditional support for Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s presidency in Egypt after 2013.
Ideologically, the military coup led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi against the Muslim Brotherhood government in 2013 caused a long political showdown between Turkey and Egypt.
It is true that since the reception of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in France in December 2020 and his decoration as “Grand Officier de la Légion d’honneur,” President Macron has not seemed to attach much importance to democracy in the Middle East.
Missing from such sweeping declarations is that those who greeted the defeat of the PJD with 'jubilation' are mostly the very crowd that dismissed political Islam even during its unprecedented surge following the ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011; and the same intellectual mercenaries who unashamedly continue to sing the praises of such dictators as General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt and the various Arab monarchs in the Gulf.
Khashoggi also criticized the current Saudi administration on many sensitive political issues, such as the blockade of Qatar, the occupation of Yemen, the political discussions with Lebanon, and the financial support for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who remained in power with the support of the Saudi regime.
A few days after this visit, al-Thani met with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the first meeting between two leaders since Al-Ula.
Iraqi officials viewed the meetings between the emir of Qatar, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, and Bin Rashid of Dubai as a major breakthrough.
The Egyptian side has mostly complained about the Turkish attitudes or rhetoric towards the Abdel Fattah el-Sisi government.
gyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in Baghdad on June 27, 2021 and was received by Iraqi President Barham Salih.
” Abdal Fattah al-Sisi, unlike Morsi, put more faith in negotiations with Ethiopia, initially dialing back the rhetoric.
Keeping in mind Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s strong support for the democratization process in Egypt and in the Middle East, the establishment of an undemocratic regime under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi led to a hostile approach between the two countries.
President Erdoğan criticized Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for violating the emergent democracy and massacring Egyptians while Sisi criticized Erdoğan for safeguarding Muslim Brotherhood members who fled to Turkey.
“Political Islam” is a term coined to signify “the enemy of democracy” by leaders such as Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi or the UAE’s Mohammed bin Zayed.
This is particularly true after the counterrevolution led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Egypt where they bankrolled the bloody coup against the democratically elected government of the late president Mohamed Morsi and installed their henchman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
For example, when French President Emmanuel Macron bestowed France’s highest honor, Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in early December, two prominent Italian figures, Giovanna Melandri, a former culture minister, and Corrado Augias, a journalist and former member of the European parliament - announced they were returning their French medals in protest, citing Regeni’s brutal death and Egypt’s indifference.