Escaping from the real battles and exaggerating the imaginary victories… A reading of Erdogan’s meeting with Al-Sisi

The media machine of the overthrown dictator Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s regime, in all its treatment of the handshake that took place on Sunday, November 20, 2022 AD, between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Sisi on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar, looks at This handshake and the subsequent meeting were seen as a great victory for Sisi and his regime, and an endorsement by a great leader of the size of Erdogan of the legitimacy of Sisi’s regime.

The image captured by photographers’ cameras and journalists’ lenses sends a clear and unmistakable message. The two most important countries that opposed Sisi’s coup in July 2013 (Turkey and Qatar) are now in a state of open normalization with the general’s regime. Which means that the media disputes and clashes that escalated during the years following the coup are over. that the region is entering a new phase; The place where the Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was sitting, included the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Egyptian dictator Al-Sisi, the Vice President of the Emirates andRuler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Jordanian Monarch Abdullah II, Algerian President Abd al-Majid Tebboune, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen, and others. It was noticeable the absence of the UAE President, Mohammed bin Zayed, and the statement of his deputy, the ruler of Dubai.

The most prominent message in the media machine’s treatment of the military regime is that this image and this scene is proof of the victory of Sisi and his regime. His enemies acknowledge his legitimacy and reconcile with him. However, they missed that Al-Sisi is very keen on normalizing relations with Qatar and Turkey for political and economic reasons. Al-Sisi wants stronger relations with Qatar in order to open a new front of support and aid to obtain loans and deposits to prevent the regime from falling, and Qatar has already placed about four billion dollars in the Central Bank of Egypt during the past months of 2022. And theIt is estimated that the goal of normalizing relations with Qatar and Turkey is to achieve some balance in Egyptian foreign policy, and an attempt by Sisi to escape from the circle imposed on him by the UAE and its ruler, Mohammed bin Zayed, who has extensive influence over Cairo. Therefore, Sisi seeks to Diversifying Gulf investment so that there is a balance and lack of preference, and this approach was supported with Doha through the Egyptian ambassador with the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary, meaning that he has powers to sign agreements contracts directly. Meanwhile, Doha seeks to get closer to the regime in Egypt in the context of the struggle of the axes in order to win it over to the Saudi axis and tightening the screws on Emirati influence in Egypt. By normalizing relations with Qatar and Turkey, Al-Sisi may aim to put pressure on the Emirati ally and bargain with Qatar, especially in light of the strange Emirati positions regarding the Renaissance Dam file.

With this media coverage and reading of the meeting between Sisi and Erdogan in this way, the regime and its media machine are still eager to exaggerate imaginary victories. Egypt’s organization of the World Climate Conference (COP 27) is an appreciation of the status of the regime and a message of support and backing from the United Nations itself, and Sisi’s meeting with Erdogan under Qatari sponsorship and mediation serves the same goal. But all of these in the balance of development and success are considered imaginary victories. The regime and its media machine are working to exaggerate it. What about real wars?

What about development and production rates? What about the sharp deterioration in living standards and the fall of tens of millions below the poverty line? What about the battle of the Renaissance Dam and the protection of Egypt’s water and food security? What about the establishment of a real democratic political system that includes everyone and allows for a real peaceful transfer of power? What about the battle of humanity and the establishment of justice in the country? Will an authority unjustly imprison tens of thousands of its people win?! Will a nation and its scholars rise up in prisons and detention centers on fabricated charges of extreme maliciousness and forgery?! What about the decline in the value of the pound against all the currencies of the earth? What about the debt battle? As Egypt’s debts have ballooned under Sisi to terrifying and unimaginable levels?

These are the real battles that the regime lost by knockout. He did not establish a viable political system, nor did he establish a strong economy based on production, eliminating unemployment and improving living standards, nor was he able to protect Egyptian national security in the water file, nor was he able to achieve self-sufficiency in food; The price of bread in Egypt is higher than its prices in America and Europe. After the price of a ton of flour in Egypt rose by about two thousand pounds from the global price, after the decline in the value of the pound after the last flotation in October 2022 AD. The regime also lost by a knockout in protecting the national territory. So he neglected Egypt’s sovereignty over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, and granted the Israeli occupation a massive victory without firing a single bullet. He now has the right to pass through the Egyptian Strait of Tiran without obtaining permission, because by abandoning Tiran and Sanafir, it turned into an international strait, and not a purely Egyptian strait, as it has always been since the dawn of history.

Brotherhood position

The gloating of the regime’s media figures about the Brotherhood reached its extreme after the handshake between Erdogan and Sisi. Security broadcaster Ahmed Musa commented on the photo, saying: “A picture that made the Brotherhood (Iraqi) weep… and the homeless Brotherhood elements around the world wept.” He added, on Sada al-Balad satellite channel, owned by businessman Muhammad Abu al-Anein, who is close to the security services: “There is no consolation for the (IR…) group when they saw this picture, because it is a historic handshake between Presidents Sisi and Erdogan, and Egypt is strong and chaste.” For his part, the researcher and analyst specializing in Turkish affairs, Karam Saeed, mentioned to the same source that the historical handshake carries several connotations: the first is the breaking of the iceberg between Egypt and Turkey, the second connotation seems to be that both countries have a desire to resolve contentious issues and thorny files between them, and the third connotation, in his opinion that “Turkey and Egypt may proceed in the coming period to strengthen their joint projects in the economic field and enhance opportunities for political rapprochement between them, especially since there is a common vision regarding some issues in the region, and there are controversial issues regarding the Libyan file.

They missed that the Brotherhood does not attach their fate to any king or president. They only surrender their command to Allah, Lord of the worlds; Therefore, the group, despite its great respect for both the Qatari emir and the Turkish president, and its acknowledgment that the group’s relationship with these countries does not mean at all harming the interests of these countries according to the position assessments that the governments and agencies of these countries undertake. in the foreign relations of these countries; It is enough that these countries sheltered thousands of the group’s leaders, members and youth, and provided them with a safe haven in light of the terrorism and military tyranny led by Sisi, his regime and his apparatus.

As for the future of the group in light of the convergence of relations between Sisi and Erdogan; The group, despite its belief in the moral, religious and political values ​​that govern its relationship with these countries (Qatar and Turkey), is looking for other havens in anticipation of any upcoming possibilities. Not necessarily the relationship between Ankara and Cairo. Rather, there is another possibility related to the possibility of the Turkish president and his party losing the upcoming elections in light of the global economic crisis that is hitting the world hard.

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