Intelligence cooperation at centre of Egypt-India strategic partnership
Egypt and India have pledged to step up cooperation in counterterrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Egypt's spymaster has devoted his best men to bridging the divide between Egypt and Turkey. Reconciliation has become a strategic matter for both parties, especially with regards to the thorny issue of the Muslim Brotherhood whose members are in exile in Turkey.
Against a background of ongoing regional dialogues, Israel and Turkey have taken up the reconciliation baton and resumed discussions and official visits. This has led their intelligence services, Mossad and MIT, to relaunch their cooperation.
In search of external sponsors, the two Palestinian factions intend to take advantage of Syria's return to grace and enlist its support. Both Hamas and Fatah are keen to ingratiate themselves with Damascus, but Mahmoud Abbas's party is currently leading the way.
Egypt's spymaster Abbas Kamel continues to play a decisive role in the mediation between Palestine's various factions and Israel. Keeping on good terms with Hamas, he hosted the first meeting of the organisation's new political bureau in Cairo at the start of October.
Kamel, Egypt's intelligence chief and adviser to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has in the past two months presided over the Arab Intelligence Forum and the Committee on Intelligence and Security Services in Africa (CISSA). He wants to transform them into diplomatic instruments at the service of Egypt.