President Mohamed Morsy opposes Frances intervention in Mali even though the campaign, which seeks to restore the Malian governments control over the north after radical Islamists seized control of it, receives the support of most of the international community.
Experts say the presidents position may be a sign that ideology will from now on drive foreign policy decision making. They also say the presidencys stance is in line with positions adopted by radical Islamist currents in Egypt.
But Egypts efforts to mobilize international condemnation for French intervention in Mali has largely fallen on deaf ears, even among Islamic states, which see Al-Qaedas control over northern Mali as a threat to their interests.
President Mohamed Morsy has more than once failed to have Arab or Islamic states denounce the intervention. In fact, the closing statement for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, held in Cairo two weeks ago, tacitly supported the intervention. In its closing statement, the OIC said that “it supports the current efforts to have the Republic of Mali restore the unity of its land and to re-establish state sovereignty over the entirety of its land.”
Mostafa Kamel al-Sayed, political science professor at Cairo University, says Egypts position on the war in Mali reflects the influence of ideology on the decision-making process under Morsy. This position disregards the fact that the majority of Malians support the intervention.