Monday, April 3, 2017

Trump welcomes Egypt's al-Sisi amid questions on rights record

US President Donald Trump will meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Washington, for their first meeting since January's elections.
Al-Sisi, the first foreign leader to congratulate Trump following his election victory.
The two leaders are expected to discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as as is the fight against ISIS.
It is not yet clear how Trump will approach the Arab-Israeli conflict, however.
In February, Trump declared that he was not bound to a two-state solution, and would be open to a single state if it meant peace. However, he also called on Israel to "hold back on settlements for a little bit."
A senior administration official said in a briefing that the topic will be handled in a "private, more discreet way."
"We believe it's the most effective way to advance those issues to a favorable outcome."
This stance was slammed by human rights groups.
"Inviting al-Sisi for an official visit to Washington as tens of thousands of Egyptians rot in jail and when torture is again the order of the day is a strange way to build a stable strategic relationship," said Sarah Margon, Washington director of Human Rights Watch. READ MORE