By Nicola Nasser*
The internal crisis in Egypt has indulged the country in its most critical foreign relations test since these relations were shaped by the U.S. sponsored Camp David accords and the peace treaty with Israel in 1979.
Egypt interim government including General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
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An indicator is the warnings against travel to
In the immediate proximity, and three days after the
ouster of the elected president Mohammed Morsi on July 3, the Peace and Security Council of the fifty -- four member
African Union decided "to suspend the participation of
On August 20, South Africa, a leading member of the AU as well as the BRICS five -- member association, issued a statement to remind the "interim government" in Cairo that its " principled position is based on the Constitutive Act of the African Union, where any unconstitutional change of government -- whatever the premise -- is specifically rejected" immediately.
So far, the AU reaction is ironically the
only concrete international diplomatic measure taken in defense of the western
widely trumpeted rule of law and democracy. The African "sphere" is
traditionally only second to the Arab one as a cornerstone of
Most likely the U.S. allies' final reaction will wait until the U.S. administration ends its open --ended stance, but while U.S. allies follow in its footsteps, the U.S. rival world powers grudgingly dealt with the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as the leaders of the "Arab Spring" changes in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya as a fait accompli; the removal of the Egyptian MB from power is a welcome development.