Diplomatic moves against Qatar mean vindication for El Sisi -AP
Once again, the drama with Qatar is what’s on everyone’s mind when it comes to both Egypt and the Middle East. Leading coverage of Egypt is the notion that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s repeated statements on Qatar’s financing of militants have been vindicated. Pressure from Egypt and the GCC may push Qatar to go as far and expelling Ikhwan members hiding out in Doha, Hamza Hendawi writes for The Associated Press. Positioning Egypt along a unified front with the other GCC states could help revive the Gulf’s interest in keeping Egypt’s economy moving, according to Hendawi. He does point to the possible risk of cutting off Egypt from USD mns in remittances from expats in Qatar.
Most other articles rehash old talk of the US’ reactions to the blockade, including a piece from the Wall Street Journal on how its backing of the alliance against Qatar could inflame regional sectarian conflicts. Others again focused on Al Jazeera being at the heart of the Qatar campaign and the risks the channel faces of being wrist-slapped. AP is also picking up on the pseudo-journalism outlet claiming that it has been the subject of increasing cyberattacks since the blockade commenced.