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Egypt's cold realism on Syria

Egyptian officials are focusing on their own politics for now, while expecting a protracted conflict in Syria.
A Palestinian Salafist shouts slogans in front of a poster depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) and Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with the Arabic words that read "criminals and murderers", during a rally in protest of what they say are recent massacres committed against Syrian and Egyptian people, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX12TC6

CAIRO — The next meeting of the Friends Of Syria is scheduled for May 15 in London. Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi, however, will not attend, as it seems a previous engagement in Bratislava cannot be broken.

In any case, Egyptians don’t expect much from the London conference. The agenda — increasing humanitarian assistance to the long-suffering Syrian people and railing against President Bashar al-Assad’s expected victory in the upcoming elections, excite little interest or enthusiasm. More broadly, there is nothing much to get excited about in the Western-managed process.

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