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    Egyptian international relations professor Ayman Samir believes that Donald Trump's election will have broad-ranging consequences for US foreign policy around the world. Speaking to Sputnik, Samir stressed that Trump's election proves that ordinary Americans are sick and tired of the policy of interfering in the internal affairs of other nations.

    Speaking to Sputnik Arabic about Trump's unexpected victory, Samir stressed that "the choice of the American people has been a historic turning point for US foreign policy."

    "This choice," the academic explained, "is removed from the policy of intervention in the internal affairs of other countries." 

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    Furthermore, Samir noted that he is convinced that Trump's ideas will be "a powerful argument against terrorism, and will help other countries in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East, including against the Muslim Brotherhood."

    Samir stressed that a majority of Americans demonstrated their sympathy for Trump at the voting booth in part thanks to his promise to stabilize the situation in the Middle East, and to cooperate with Russian President Vladimir Putin to resolve the crisis in Syria. 

    Trump opponent Hillary Clinton had on the contrary vowed a 'get tough' approach to Russia, and promised a no-fly zone in Syria, which even a top US general recently admitted would necessitate war with Russia.

    Samir recalled that the Clinton campaign had worked intensely to create a negative image of Trump among Muslim Americans, and in the Muslim world in general. However, "whatever was said about Trump, including the idea that his remarks were directed against Muslims, people made an independent decision and decided to vote for him. He even got the vote of Arabs, Africans, Mexicans."

    Ultimately, the analyst suggested that in his victory speech, Trump was able to convince other countries that the United States will continue to take a leading position in the world, but will not forget about justice and equity in relation to other countries.

    US-Egyptian relations have been strained throughout much of the Obama administration in connection with the White House's covert support for the Muslim Brotherhood during the Arab Spring. The Muslim Brotherhood took over the country after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

    However, in 2013, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian Armed Forces, took control of the country, clamping down on the Muslim Brotherhood and declaring it a terrorist group. 

    On Wednesday, the Egyptian presidential administration revealed that President Sisi had been the first foreign leader to congratulate Trump with victory. Trump met with Sisi in September in New York, praising him for his campaign to stamp out terrorism. In Wednesday's phone call, Trump expressed hope to meet with Sisi in the near future for talks.

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