Gamal Mubarak Visits DC
Gamal Mubarak, son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, “quietly slipped into Washington” this week for a visit with the suspected purpose of gauging American sentiment ahead of his father’s trip later this spring. Additionally, some say he is “trying to lobby Congress against any sort of conditionality or earmarking in appropriations of U.S. aid to Egypt.”
Mubarak is widely viewed to be his father’s successor, a fact which Ayman Nour categorically opposes. Nour’s recent release from prison was seen by some as a signal to the Obama administration of Egypt’s desire for better relations with the U.S. Whether or not this act will afford President Mubarak a warm welcome in Washington remains to be seen.