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El-Sisi to explain Egypt's 'real situation' to Obama: Spokesman

Presidential spokesman says Egypt's El-Sisi meeting with Obama is a positive step in the relationship between the two nations

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Sep 2014
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US President Barack Obama addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to discuss the country's "real" situation with US President Barack Obama in New York on Thursday, presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said.

Youssef stated, according to state news agency MENA, that El-Sisi shall "remove ambiguity" and "explain the reality" of what's happening in Egypt after last year's ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

"El-Sisi's meeting with Obama is a positive step from the latter's side. The American President usually does not hold one-on-one meetings during the UN General Assembly sessions," the spokesman added.

Obama and El-Sisi's meeting is scheduled to last an hour.

In his address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, El-Sisi said that the world "has started to grasp reality and understand why Egyptians revolted against the extremism that wanted to break the unity of the nation."

He also said that the government has been working on building "a civil democratic state" since Morsi's ouster, adding that Egypt started a developmental plan that will continue until 2030 and hopes to improve its economy.

Efforts to reconsolidate ties between Egypt and the US have been on the rise recently.

The US announced in April that it had decided to lift its hold on the delivery of the Apache helicopters to Egypt, imposed after Morsi's ouster.

Egypt has also joined a coalition with nine other states to support Washington in its fights against ISIS in the region.

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Anwar Wagdi
25-09-2014 06:44pm
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It is corrupt tyrants like Sissi that gives rise to extremist groups like IS.
There can be democracy in Egypt with army control on oconomy. Sissi has transformed Egypt into a failed state.
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Allen
25-09-2014 08:00pm
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Anwar don't confuse yourself.
You are obviously an IS supporter. Your President cleaned out the likes of IS in Egypt..... That is why non Egyptians can fly out of Egypt without getting their heads decapitated. Without your firm president Egypt would be in rubles by now much like your neighboring countries with no leadership.
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Allen
25-09-2014 06:12pm
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Take your time explaining President Sisi
He is not the sharpest guy around.
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Neo
25-09-2014 06:22pm
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Egypt needs 1st a stongman
You have a point; they tired “free elections” ended up with lunatics. Whether we like it or not, the Mid East needs 1 st a strong-man, then maybe later a visionary. Democratic Revolutions take decades to materialize; look at the US, France, India … Now Egypt needs security & stability! The rest will come.
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Neo
25-09-2014 05:14pm
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Obama wants El-Sisi to succeed
Despite the American rhetoric of “democracy & free election” they want President El-Sisi to succeed. No one in the US, including Obama, wants Extremist factions to lead the most important country in the region. The challenge is what Mr. El-Sisi should do, not only to establish his legitimacy, but also to bring Egypt away from the stone ages: 1. Limit Presidential terms in office to 2 terms, no president-for-life! 2. Welcome constructive opposition, and encourage the emergence of civilian leaders 3. Create inclusive government with moderate Brotherhood members and Christians Ten more points, but space won’t permit
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Isir
28-09-2014 07:50pm
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Leave Egypt alone!
You obviously are a Westerner.....not an Egyptian. President El-Sisi is a savior for Egypt, and having a strongman, and a strong military controlled state is the key to stability, and is what most Egyptians want. You and your like in the West need to stop telling Egyptians what is best for them - they know what is best, and learned the hard way that democracy, open elections that allow ANY political party to run for office (such as Muslim Brotherhood) - is a bad idea, and not in Egypt's best interest. Democracy is NOT GOOD, and only leads to chaos and instability. As an outsider, leave Egypt alone to let it make it's own decisions - and President El-Sisi, and strong military is what the Egyptian people want!
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