The return of Egypt as a regional rhythm regulator among the Arab brothers

In the first two months of 2021, Egypt sent medical, food and technical assistance to Sudan, Somalia and Lebanon, and hosted several meetings for each of the conflicting parties in Libya and Palestine, with the aim of achieving internal reconciliations to rebuild the state in the first, or in preparation for a negotiation initiative with Israel in the second. .

It should be noted that both hosting and mediation were based on an implicit or explicit request from the active forces in those sister Arab countries. And those requests for hosting or mediation were not directed by those powers to any other Arab government from the twenty members of the Arab League. This writer believes that the hosting or mediation requests made by those parties in Egypt are for the following considerations:

First, because Egypt is the largest and oldest country in the region in general, as well as the headquarters of the oldest regional organization in the world, which is the League of Arab States.

Secondly, Egypt is the people, whom all Arabs knew as a generous and hospitable people, despite their limited economic resources. He may be the largest, but he is not the richest, and yet he is a generous people, according to the Egyptian saying: “A bite of Haniyeh is enough dead.”

Third, every Arab who is active in politics or public work has good memories in Egypt or about Egypt – either as a student who studied in its institutes and universities, or as a visitor, or as a tourist, or he received some knowledge and science from Egyptian teachers and professors.

Fourthly, Egypt is the most stable and secure among the countries of the region, from the Arab Gulf to the Atlantic Ocean … and that is that it has witnessed two revolutions in the past ten years (2011-2021) … one of which was the height of the Arab Spring (2011), which began in Tunisia and included all of them. From Libya, Algeria, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were affected by it. The second was in 2013 to recover Egypt from the attempts to kidnap it by the Muslim Brotherhood. However, the Arab or foreign visitor to Egypt does not feel that the state institutions there have collapsed or even shaken a lot.

Fifthly, the political leadership of Abdel Fattah El-Sisi deals with the internal and regional variables with great wisdom and frankness, and confronts public opinion with all the facts even if they are painful, and demands urgent sacrifices for the sake of future returns for children and grandchildren.

Sixth, Egypt is the owner of the largest renewable reservoir of soft power in the Arab world, and its scholars, writers, artists, and creators are the most present, influential, and awarded international prizes, such as Nobel in literature (Naguib Mahfouz), science (Ahmed Zewail), and peace (Anwar Sadat and Muhammad ElBaradei).

Seventh, for all the previous considerations, other Mediterranean countries – such as Cyprus, Greece, Italy, France, and Spain – have chosen Egypt to be the headquarters for a number of development and coordination initiatives in the fields of energy and combating terrorism.

This writer and our other peers, when we meet other Arab brothers, admonish the absence of Egypt from their homelands, which is the void that other regional powers – such as Iran, Turkey and Israel, or international powers such as the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Italy – are rushing to fill it. Perhaps the visits of Iraqi, Lebanese, Libyan and Palestinian officials to Egypt in the last two years were as much reproachful as they were on the Egyptian role for reform and reconciliation between quarreling or conflicting parties, while they knew of the integrity and love of Egypt as an older brother. My followers and I, among the Egyptian intellectuals, have been explaining the Egyptian absence from the arena of their countries with the preoccupation of Egypt and Egyptians in the last ten years (2011-2021) in rearranging and building the Egyptian homeland after the January 2011 and June 2013 revolutions, and that Egypt is an effective return to the embrace and leadership of its larger Arab homeland, if later Or sooner! … And God knows best.
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