MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Egypt's Minister of Defense, First Deputy Prime Minister and likely presidential candidate, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) in Novo-Ogaryovo residence on February 13, 2014 near Moscow, Russia. Egypt's Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy are on a two-day official visit to meet with their Russian counterparts for bilateral discussions. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Egypt has reportedly withdrawn from U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Arab NATO” initiative following President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s visit to Washington.

According to the Reuters News Agency, Egypt has made the decision to withdraw fro the U.S.-led “Middle East Security Alliance”, which has been dubbed “Arab NATO”.

This NATO-like group that has been formed by the U.S. administration is composed of a number of Arab states, including Jordan, the United Arab Emirtes, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar.

Furthermore, sources from Reuters said the Egyptian authorities were partially motivated by uncertainty over President Trump’s re-election and whether his successor would scrap the entire initiative — just like Trump himself scrapped the Iranian Nuclear Deal.

Cairo’s decision is believed to have inflicted a blow on Trump’s strategy of curbing Iranian influence in the region, Reuters report says.

It is worth noting that Egypt has been flirting with the idea of purchasing the Russian-made Su-35 stealth jets; this has prompted outrage from the Trump administration.

According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “We have made clear that systems were to be purchased that… would require sanctions on the regime,” Pompeo told the Senate Committee on Appropriations. “We have received assurances from them, they understand that, and I am very hopeful they will decide not to move forward with that acquisition.”

Egypt is the most densely populated country in North Africa; it also possesses one of the strongest militaries in the Arab world.

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Weldon Cheek

Another headache for the u.s.! Oh how the mighty fall!

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More likely due to a phonecall from Bibi to al-Sisi, moreover, Egypt has serious funding problems for her army, it’s even why they ordered MiG-35 and now Su-35 : since they owe already a lot of money to France due to huge weapons purchases, France finances ministry didn’t allowed more loans to allow the purchase of more Rafales. The Egyptian military budget has fell to less than $5B, mostly due to the fact Saudis did serious cuts in monetary help to poorer Arab countries, re-funnelling the money into their own weapons purchases ($88B in 2018) It already forced Egypt to… Read more »

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Trump administration can be outraged at will, nevertheless, they are funny : EAF is VERY low on budget has geriatric aircraft to replace : 75 Mirage-5 and about as much F-16 from the 80’s (40 F-16A/B and 42 F-16C/D block 32 delivered), most of the F-16 fleet being from the 90’s (138 F-16C/D block 40 delivered until 2002), so even not to be done ASAP, replacement program already needs to be put in place. Only 20 recent Block 52 have been received (2013-2015). All remaining MiG-21 have also been retired not so long ago (I think there still were more… Read more »