FOUAD AJAMI: THE POPULAR FRONT AGAINST IRAN…. EGYPT’S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND SAUDI ARABIA’S RULERS BURY THEIR DIFFERENCES TO FIGHT THE SHIITE ENEMY

“It should have come as no surprise that Egypt’s new president, Mohamed Morsi, made his first official foreign visit to Saudi Arabia. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood man, went to Arabia last month for both religious and political reasons: He prayed in Mecca, and then there was a formal summit in Jeddah with the Saudi monarch and his crown prince. There was nothing concealed—the summiteers announced that theirs would be an alliance of “moderate Sunni Islam.” There was no need to mention Iran and its tributaries, the embattled Syrian regime, and Hezbollah in Beirut: For Saudi Arabia, this is the most natural of alliances, a return to the time of Hosni Mubarak when the Saudi-Egyptian axis held sway.

The two countries are entangled in a thick web of relationships. Some 700,000 Saudis maintain residence in Egypt, where they savor its relative social freedoms. And there is huge traffic the other way—2 million Egyptians live and work in Saudi Arabia, their remittances sustain untold numbers back home.”  See the full ARTICLE
IFCS-Civil Society@Baktiari
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