Radio France Internationale - RFI
PARIS - 14 November 2017: Radio France Internationale (RFI) on Monday highlighted the vital role played by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in restoring Egypt's status in te Arab world since taking office in 2014.
The French radio service was covering a visit, currently paid by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Jordan and five Gulf countries for consultations on regional security.
Egypt had lost its influence in early 2000s, because of the stalemated power of aging president Hosni Mubarak, then troubles that followed his step-down in 2011 and the opposition of the Gulf countries, except Qatar, to the Muslim Brotherhood, the RFI said.
The Arab influence of Egypt has also increased in the Palestinian territories. Cairo had successfully mediated between Hamas and Fatah, it also noted.
The Egyptian influence is also very significant in Libya, which Cairo considers as its strategic depth in the west and a source of danger because of the chaos that followed the fall of the Gaddafi regime, it concluded.