Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, seemed eager to make his mark on foreign policy when he came to power nearly a year ago.
Morsi visited Iran in a first for an Egyptian leader in more than three decades since the two countries broke ties.
He tried to join Iran, Turkey Egypt and Saudi Arabia into a quartet of regional powers to help resolve the Syrian crisis, but with minimal success.
Egypt's status as a regional powerhouse has been eclipsed by instability at home.
Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Cairo.