Biden Democracy Summit: some frustrations in the Middle East

US President Joe Biden, this Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at the White House in Washington.

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The summit for democracy organized on the initiative of US President Joe Biden opens this Thursday, December 9 with 110 participating countries.

A summit in which guests will participate by teleconference.

For the Near East region, only two countries were invited: Israel and Iraq.


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With our correspondent in Cairo,

Alexandre Buccianti

From the Gulf to the Atlantic, it's officially radio silence.

On the other hand, we react on social networks.

Arab protesters, from former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki to exiled Egyptian opponent Ayman Nour, are calling on the US president to take action against dictators in the region.

Starting with an arms embargo and the suspension of economic aid.

An opinion which is not shared by many Internet users, for whom the summit is quite simply the imposition of a "democratia americana".

As proof, they underline: the invitation of Israel, the enemy for most of the Arab peoples;

and Iraq, a

de facto

American colony


There are also editorial writers of major Arab newspapers who believe that the summit is just an American communication operation, while, according to various studies, democracy is receding all over the world, including the United States.

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