The 43 people set for trial include 16 Americans. They are all charged with receiving foreign funding, including from the US, to topple the old regime. Suffice to say diplomatic relations between the US and Egypt are strained to say the least.
The BBC has reported a senior official telling AP that, "We are in intense discussions with the government of Egypt to try to resolve the situation with the NGOs within days." Talks are ongoing.
The BBC report goes on to say,"A number of the Americans have taken refuge in the US embassy after being refused permission to leave Egypt. Some defendants were already abroad when the travel ban was ordered. It is not clear if any of the accused Americans will appear in court. Reports are mixed as to whether 16 or 19 US citizens are charged in the case.The other defendants are also said to include Egyptians, Germans, Palestinians, Norwegians and Serbs".
Whilst both sides go into propaganda mode it is hard to know exactly who is at fault. The US has threatened to cut funding to Egypt. Arrests have been ongoing since December 2011 and Human Rights groups have expressed concerns. The arrests however have won support from the Egyptian people.
Opinion: Perhaps the West and especially the US has now learned their lesson about interfering in what are civil wars. We now have a thoroughly destabilised Middle Eastern region. Was oil worth the price being paid?.