Time to Rethink the U.S.-Egypt Relationship, Experts Tell Senate – Foreign Policy
A year after Mubarak's fall, U.S.-Egypt relations are at an all-time low. Not, as many suspected, because of the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis, but. Aug 23, Milestones in Egypt's relations with the United States: Tensions under Nasser. The young Egyptian officers who seized power in Egypt in Sep 7, Mona Eltahawy | Freelance Egyptian and American journalist based in New York and Cairo. The presidents of Egypt and the United States are.
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Sadat realized that reaching a settlement of the Arab—Israeli conflict is a precondition for Egyptian development. To achieve this goal, Sadat ventured to enhance U. After a seven-year hiatus, both countries reestablished normal diplomatic relations on February 28, In moving toward the U. Sadat opened negotiations with Israel, resulting most notably in the Camp David Accords brokered by President Jimmy Carter and made peace with Israel in a historic peace treaty in Sadat realized American aid was essential to that goal, and it allowed him to disengage from the Israeli conflict, and to pursue a regional peace policy.
Military cooperation between the U. General Anthony Zinnithe former Commandant of the U. US President George W. Counterterrorism[ edit ] Despite differences and periods of friction in relations between the two countries, the U. It was in the U.
However lately Egyptian—American relations have become a little tense. This is due to a great extent to the Egyptian unwillingness to send troops to Afghanistan and Iraq in peace stabilization missions.
Egypt strongly backed the U. Egypt also opposed U. Camp David and the massive aid Washington brokered a cease-fire between Egypt and Israel that ended the war and later negotiated disengagement pacts between the two armies in Sinai and west of the Suez canal.
Those deals established Washington as a key interlocutor between the two longtime enemies, but it was Sadat who significantly raised its profile as a Middle east peace broker. A year after his historic visit to Israel, Egypt and Israel signed the Camp David peace accords, which provided the basis for a peace treaty signed the following year, the first between Israel and an Arab state.
Fatigued and economically ailing due to the war, Egypt was in for some U. Egypt became a close U. Sadat was assassinated inbut his successor, Hosni Mubarak, maintained Cairo's close ties with Washington and honored the peace treaty with Israel. His annual visits to the White House for most of his 29 years in office evidenced just how close the two nations were. In Egypt, withholding support for Mubarak in the face of an day uprising against his rule is widely seen as a major contributor to his decision to step down.
But it does not stop there. Many commentators see his support for the uprising in Egypt as part of a U. That sentiment endures to this day, with former President Barack Obama vilified by many and Donald Trump hailed as a pragmatist who values stability over the tumult of unfettered freedoms.
Tensions under Obama over humanitarian issues Obama made clear that he was unhappy over the Egyptian military's overthrow of the country's freely elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.
While noting that Morsi's rule was not inclusive and acknowledging the mass street protests against his government, Obama said he did not approve of how things turned out in the aftermath of Morsi's ouster, namely the mass arrest of his supporters and the clampdown on civil society groups.
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the general-turned-president who led Morsi's ouster, was kept at arm's length by Obama, who never extended him a White House invitation.