Amr Helmy: The world has witnessed great changes
Egyptian Ambassador Amr Helmy, assistant minister of foreign affairs for European affairs and former ambassador to Rome, said that there are tremendous developments currently being witnessed with the US elections, and that there are concerns and fears about a Democratic administration assuming power in the United States again.
At the Bawaba News conference, Helmy said regarding foreign relations with US President-elect Joe Biden, “These concerns go back to the Democrats’ justification of interfering in the politics of some countries, and the second point is their support for the escalation of political Islam, because in the Democrats’ view, it stands in the face of Islam, and they support Turkey as a model of moderate Islam.”
However, he added that developments in the world have made these matters difficult to repeat again.
Helmy stated that Turkey is no longer this moderate model, as Turkey’s dubious policies are easily observed, such as its wars and its interference in countries, which have greatly affected many peoples and increased the number of displaced persons and refugees in the world.
He added that political Islamism has collapsed in Egypt and many other countries that now reject religious rule, which could lead to a decline of democracy.
This is come in Live broadcast to CEMO’s seminar on America's expected foreign policy line under Joe Biden.
Al-Bawaba Institute and the Center for Middle East Studies in Paris (CEMO) organize a seminar on America's expected foreign policy line under Joe Biden.
Debates during the seminar look into the expected future shape of U.S. policies under President-elect Joe Biden when he takes over in January.
Assistant foreign minister for European affairs and Egypt's former ambassador in Rome, Amr Helmi, participate in the seminar, along with Egypt's former ambassador in Washington, Mohamed Tawfiq.
Participating in the seminar will also be Mohamed Kamal, a professor of political science at Cairo University, and Chairman of the Board and Editor-in-Chief of al-Bawaba and Chairman of the Board of CEMO, Abdel Rahim Ali.
Renowned journalist, Magdi al-Daqaq, moderates the seminar.
Discussions in the seminar focus on international reactions to the return to power in the U.S. by the Democratic Party, the welcome the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organization extended after Biden's election victory, the position of the new administration in the U.S. to the ongoing rise in terrorist attacks in Europe and fears from a spread of these attacks around the world.
The event will especially focus on the expected U.S. foreign policy line in the Middle East, in the light of Turkish and Iranian ambitions in the region, and the crises in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.
It also discuss the future of the aspired settlement to the Palestinian cause.