Saudi viewed as ‘friendliest’ state, Israel seen as most hostile: Baseera
Sisi with Saudi Arabia King - Photo courtesy of presidential office

CAIRO: Egyptians ranked Saudi Arabia the friendliest country to Egypt, while Israel was ranked as most hostile, according to a Baseera poll released Tuesday.

Baseera, which conducted a telephone survey with 1,551 respondents in May, gave Egyptians a list of 26 countries to rank from hostile to friendly and assigned point values, with positive point values representing friendliness.

Following Saudi Arabia’s 88 points was the UAE, with 72, Kuwait, with 68, and Bahrain with 52. These three countries are responsible for $12 billion in pledges in the Egyptian Economic Development Summit in March.

China was the highest-ranked non-Arab country, with 41 points. Despite ongoing tension regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and its effect on Egypt’s Nile river water share, Ethiopia came out as a friendly country, with 23 points.

Iran and The United States were seen as hostile, and ranked close to each other, with -36 and -37 points, respectively. Turkey and Qatar were also solidly ranked hostile, with 34 and 31 points, but the country viewed as most hostile was Israel, with 88 points.

Earlier this month Israel re-opened its Cairo embassy after a 4-year hiatus; the embassy closed its doors after being stormed during the January 25 Revolution in 2011.

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