Egypt withdraws from US-led anti-Iran security pact

Citing a lack of seriousness on the part of the U.S. and other Sunni Arab states in the Middle East, Egypt has withdrawn from the Middle East Security Alliance, or MESA, which was formed to counter Iranian influence in the region. MESA was supposed to be a Middle Eastern NATO.  But the organization apparently had difficulty getting off the ground. Reuters: Egypt conveyed its decision to the United States and other participants in the proposed Middle East Security Alliance, or MESA, ahead of a meeting held Sunday in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, one source said. Cairo did not send a delegation to the meeting, the latest gathering held to advance the U.S.-led effort to bind Sunni Muslim Arab allies into a security, political and economic pact to counter Shi'ite Iran, the source said. Egypt withdrew because it doubted the seriousness of the initiative, had yet to see a formal blueprint laying it out, and because of the danger that the plan would...(Read Full Post)