Everyone is in the court of Pharaoh Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
It seems that the confrontation between the U.S., Russia and Europe has quietly moved into Egyptian territory, not just because of Cairo’s role in Libya but also to redefine military and commercial influence in the region.
Since Sunday there’s been an ongoing series of meetings between the Egyptian authorities and their counterparts from the U.S., France, Russia, Germany and Britain, a broad consensus supporting the president, who seized power in a coup and has overseen an onslaught of human rights violations.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry traveled to Washington to meet with the Trump administration and clear the way for a state visit from el-Sisi in March. On Wednesday, he visited with U.S. National Security Director H.R. McMaster with whom he discussed military issues, from Libya to Syria.