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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Egypt in the news on 9 May 2017

In a pleasantly light overnight for coverage of Egypt in the international press, the Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Gelb takes a long look at how it is that while “opportunity knocks for Trump in the Middle East, answering will be hard.” His thesis is that while there is an “unusual alignment” between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel: “At the moment, all three of those nations actually are strategically in sync with one another—and, simultaneously, on good terms with the new American administration.”

Other coverage worth noting in brief:

  • Economists are saying a move that could grant foreigners residency in Egypt in return for foreign currency deposits “will help ease the country’s foreign currency crunch and boost the national economy,” Al-Monitor says.
  • The type of rhetoric now flowing between Egypt and Sudan “heightens the risk for brinkmanship and increases the possibility of a border clash going forward,” Jeremy Luedi writes for Global Risk Insights.
  • Salon says President Abdel Fattah El Sisi is one of the “top 5 bad hombres loved” by US President Donald Trump.

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