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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attends a summit of Gulf Arab leaders in Mecca, Saudi Arabia Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attends a summit of Gulf Arab leaders in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, May 30, 2019 (AP photo by Amr Nabil).

What Did Egypt Get Out of Going Along With the Qatar Blockade?

Monday, Jan. 25, 2021

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It wasn’t ever that clear why Egypt was going along with the Saudi- and Emirati-led blockade of Qatar, beyond some well-known disagreements over the Muslim Brotherhood. After all, the blockade was ultimately an economic pressure campaign by those two very wealthy Gulf monarchies, with the help of fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member Bahrain, to isolate their smaller neighbor—cutting off trade, travel and diplomatic ties to essentially try and force Qatar to get in line. ...

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