The economic crisis in Egypt affects its foreign policy

When Egypt is going through an acute economic crisis, Cairo’s foreign policy suffers from a “significant deviation”, and perhaps the most important reason for this is the “serious economic weakness” in the country. 

The main reasons for this economic weakness are high unemployment rates due to low growth rates, in addition to the population of more than 100 million people, and it is still increasing rapidly.

The country also faces a deficit in obtaining sufficient basic food resources to feed the population, as a result of the pressure that “government support for goods” poses to the public budget, in addition to the emigration of highly skilled minds abroad.

According to reports, the leader of the military coup, who became President of Egypt, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, last Saturday, asked the army to be “ready for military intervention in Libya,” indicating a new deviation whose features had long been evident in the country’s foreign policy.

There are many examples that illustrate Egypt’s political deviation, including Egypt adopting a very lenient stance on the issue of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, its relinquishment of the two strategic islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, and its silence regarding Israel’s bid to annex large parts of the West Bank, and finally the threat of military intervention in the Libyan crisis.

The economic crisis in Egypt affects its foreign policy

There is no doubt that Egypt‘s relinquishment of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia constitutes a serious threat to its economic security and influence in the Red Sea region.

Likewise, Israel’s annexation policy in the West Bank and Golan regions poses major security threats to Egypt.

While the Sisi administration remains silent in the face of these threats that harm its national interests, Egypt is preparing for war in Libya, an issue that is not as important as the previous matters.

According to the report published by Anatolia, there is no explanation for this dramatic picture, except that “Egyptian foreign policy has come under the control of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, in order to obtain oil and the Gulf dollar, which will help it overcome its economic challenges.”

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