The organization of what are known as “popular-diplomacy” teams to accompany President Sisi during each of his visits to the United States leads us to think that the Egyptian state actually believes that this kind of propaganda works! Since everyone (in both countries) understands that this initiative is arranged by the state’s close allies, can these trips truly strengthen Egypt-US relations? The fact that “popular-diplomacy” teams are fully financed by the state’s affiliates means that millions of Egyptians could easily be recruited to join them; therefore, they are not a reflection of the president’s popularity.
Mixing fact with fiction
The United States, and many other countries, expect President Sisi to establish a ruling mechanism that allows conflicting political parties to live in harmony and enables the smooth transfer of power – so far, Egypt has not taken a single step in this direction.Mohammed Nosseir