The day after the recordings aired, Gulf leaders issued statements of support for Sisi and Egypt. King Salman, the new monarch of Saudi Arabia, said in a statement that his country’s support of Sisi was “unchangeable” and that nothing could harm the “strategic and exemplary links” between the two nations.
While relations between Egypt and Qatar remain cool, given that country’s financial support of the Muslim Brotherhood, other Gulf states expressed support similar to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia went beyond the public statement in its show of support for the Sisi-led Egyptian government. On Tuesday, just days after the phone leaks, Saudi Arabia, by royal pardon, released all Egyptian prisoners from its jails.
In granting the royal pardon, King Salman even said that he considered Egypt his “second hometown” and that he would participate in the upcoming economic conference in Egypt next month.
If anything, the leaked phone conversations appear to have strengthened Egyptian President Sisi’s relations with the Gulf Arab states. It could be a sign of how weak the Muslim Brotherhood’s position in the region is.
It could also be a slap at the United States.
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