November 19, 1987 |
The gulf state of Qatar restored diplomatic relations with Egypt on Wednesday, joining eight other Arab countries in ending the isolation imposed after the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty of 1979. Arab countries began resuming relations with Cairo after an Arab League summit last week in Jordan, which left the decision to individual governments. The 21-member league suspended Egypt's membership in 1979.
November 15, 1987
Kuwait and Morocco, following the lead of the United Arab Emirates and Iraq, restored diplomatic relations with Egypt in a move certain to ease Cairo's isolation in the Arab world. The two nations became the latest to renew ties with Egypt after it was agreed at the Arab League summit last week to let members decide the issue individually.
July 20, 1991 |
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Friday that if Israel stops building settlements in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Arab governments should respond by ending their four-decade-old boycott of companies that trade with Israel. "If Israel could suspend the building of settlements in the occupied territories, I believe that the Arab states should make a reciprocal concession by suspending the boycott," Mubarak told reporters after a meeting with Secretary of State James A. Baker III.
January 28, 1991 |
Although he had initial misgivings about the deployment of U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has emerged in recent weeks as the most vocal and stalwart Arab supporter of the U.S.-led alliance waging war against Iraq. Besides committing more than 35,000 of its best troops to the war effort, Egypt has taken the lead in holding the Arab component of the alliance together in the face of Iraqi efforts to split it.
November 5, 1987 |
Feeling increasingly threatened by Iran, the Arab states of the Persian Gulf have decided, according to diplomats and other officials, to re-establish diplomatic relations with Egypt, the No. 1 military power in the Arab world. "It would have happened sooner or later anyway," but the Iran-Iraq War has acted as a catalyst, one Middle Eastern diplomat said. "Their motive is fear of Iran and the need to find an Arab counterweight to the Iranians."
March 1, 1991 |
While the world focuses on the final outcome of the Persian Gulf War and the future of Iraq and Saddam Hussein, Egypt and its burly, stolid President Hosni Mubarak are emerging from the confusion and anxiety of battle as real winners in the region. "Of course Egypt and Mubarak are coming out on top," said a Western diplomat. "With the fighting over and the bargaining beginning over who controls the power in the Arab and Muslim worlds, it's going to be Egypt in the end."