File - In this April 23, 2017 file photo, provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, is greeted by Saudi King Salman on his arrival to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (MENA via AP)
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The alliance with Gulf countries to isolate Qatar has given a significant boost to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who over the past three years has been trying to find backers in what he calls a "comprehensive" war on militancy.At the root of Egypt's dispute with Qatar is Doha's support of the Brotherhood. As defense minister, Sisi led the military's 2013 ouster of Islamist Mohammad Morsi, removing the Brotherhood from power in Egypt. EGYPT'S GAINSThe joint action against Qatar potentially boosts the Egyptian government's campaign against its biggest nemesis, the Brotherhood.Though it complained for years about Qatar, Egypt only moved seriously against it when Saudi Arabia took the lead.The most populous Arab nation, with 93 million people, Egypt has long portrayed itself as the region's leader. The alliance against Qatar could change that.
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