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'Western perspective' on human rights not applicable in Egypt, Sisi tells US delegation

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 May 2016
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Reuters)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told a US congressional delegation in Cairo on Tuesday that the issue of human rights and freedoms in Egypt should not be approached from a "Western perspective" due to differences in challenges and domestic and regional conditions.

Egypt's government is currently facing domestic and international criticism over what numerous rights groups and media outlets have described as human rights abuses and a clampdown on press freedoms.

El-Sisi had said last month in response to the criticism that he understands some Western concerns over the human rights situation, but urged critics to bear in mind that Egypt faces "persistent attempts from evil powers" that aim to isolate the country.

In an official statement by the presidency, spokesman Alaa Youssef said that El-Sisi stated during a meeting with the US delegation – headed by the chairman of the US House Committee on Homeland Security Michael McCaul – that the Egyptian government was committed to the rule of law and upholding the values of democracy.

El-Sisi also stressed Egypt's commitment to cooperating with the US to accomplish mutual goals, especially in light of the challenges the region is currently facing, particularly the threat of terrorism.

The president also talked during the meeting – which was attended by Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry and the US ambassador to Cairo R. Stephen Beecroft – about domestic developments and the ongoing efforts to provide security and stability for the Egyptian people.

The congressional delegation arrived in Cairo on Monday for talks with Egyptian officials on bilateral ties and counterterrorism efforts.

Congressman McCaul expressed the US' appreciation of its strategic relationship with Egypt, stressing the importance of Egyptian stability for the US.

Presidency spokesman Youssef added that other members of the congressional delegation praised Egypt's accomplishments in maintaining security, stability and national unity at a time when the region is facing crisis.

According to the spokesman, the meeting involved discussions on countries in the region facing civil conflicts, with El-Sisi stressing the importance of finding political solutions in a way that preserves the countries' national institutions.

El-Sisi warned of the consequences of the "fall of nation states" in the region and the impact that would have on the spread of terrorist groups in the Middle East.

Last month, a congressional delegation headed by US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan met with El-Sisi and parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al on security issues and bilateral cooperation.

The United States provides Egypt with $1.3 billion in military aid annually, with the 2016 package including $150 million in economic assistance.

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Défontaine Gérard
04-05-2016 11:39am
They who have impoverished Egypt reproach it of its poverty... Authoritarianism is blamed in rich countries for the rise of terrorism. But who should be held responsible for the rise of authoritarianism ? Aren't A. Eden's and J.F. Dulles's ghosts still roaming around the Nile Valley ?
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04-05-2016 07:02am
The so called Western perspective.
The key element here, the western perspective really entails the Obama administrations perspective. An administration infested by the Muslim brotherhood. The very terrorist organization that wishes the worst for Egypt and Egyptians. Do you take advice from the Muslim brotherhood terrorists?? Not unless you wish to self destruct.
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03-05-2016 11:04pm
Police-state perspective, perhaps!
Sisi admitted that … “the issue of human rights and freedoms in Egypt should not be approached from a "Western perspective" … rather from a Police state perspective. Sisi’s version of ‘Human Rights’ includes arresting journalists, jailing the youth, and torturing activists and the opposition. Also short on communication competency; he uses the term ‘evil forces’ to refer to Egyptian youth, journalists, and activists! Why insult the intelligence of the US delegation and Egyptian people and call it ‘human rights’? just call it what it is ‘police-state dictatorship’!
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03-05-2016 09:53pm
word of advise..
Dear Mr. Sissi your mayor "evil power" sits on your back...its your money-lender Saudhi arabia. The cause for EVERY mayor wahabi problem in egypt since the killing of Saddat you dont believe it? check,who transformed your former moderate society towards a wahabi muslim society,it were the KSA teachers,Saddat brought into egypt,when he first accepted sauhi blood money just a wor of advise,go down this road further,and you will find your country in more fire,then when you took it over..
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