Population: 29,195,895 (est. 2012)
Government: Unitary Islamic absolute monarchy
Major Export: Petroleum Oil
According to The New York Times, “Saudi Arabia has recently emerged as the foremost supporter of Egypt’s military rulers, explicitly backing the violent crackdown on Islamists and using its oil wealth and diplomatic muscle to help defy growing pressure from the West to end the bloodshed in search of a political solution.”
The United States has discussed cutting aid to Egypt, but Saudi Arabia has come forward to state that they will make up any reduction should it take place. This would effectively neutralize all leverage the West has over Cairo that would help negotiate a compromise.
Posted By Brittany Lintner