US ties with Egypt loom large again

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Wednesday for nearly two hours with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, referring to him afterward as a “real and effective partner” in brokering a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas Gaza war. Sisi, he said, is helping “build something positive.”

Blinken praised Egyptian “leadership” in backing the UN political process leading to Libyan elections in December and said foreign forces (read Turkish and Russian irregulars and proxies) must leave Libya. Toward that end, Cairo has sought to reconnect with Ankara, as Hagar Hosny and Fehim Tastekin report, although a rapprochement is a work in progress, given the differences over Libya and of course the Muslim Brotherhood