Egypt’s Sisi Gets a Needed Boost From the Saudi Crown Prince’s Visit

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi greets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman upon his arrival in Cairo, Egypt, March 4, 2018 (MENA photo by Mohammed Samaha via AP).
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi greets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman upon his arrival in Cairo, Egypt, March 4, 2018 (MENA photo by Mohammed Samaha via AP).
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The arrival of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Cairo this week brought with it a flurry of diplomatic and economic announcements, including a $10 billion joint fund for the development of a megacity stretching from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, and possibly even Jordan. While the dollar amount is eye-popping, skepticism is warranted given the number of announced megaprojects in the region that have come to naught. But that doesn’t mean that the crown prince’s decision to stop in Egypt, on a tour that includes London and Washington, is not without importance. For the past two years, Egypt’s relations […]

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