News

Macron Refuses to Intervene in Egypt’s Domestic Affairs, Upholds Support to Combat Terrorism

Macron Refuses to Intervene in Egypt’s Domestic Affairs, Upholds Support to Combat Terrorism

French President Emmanuel Macron and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attend a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

France’s president Emmanuel Macron stated on Tuesday during a press conference with Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi that he refuses to intervene in Egypt’s domestic affairs.

“I believe in the sovereignty of states, and therefore, just as I don’t accept being lectured on how to govern my country, I don’t lecture others,” Macron said.

The statement of Macron came after he had been urged by multiple rights groups to touch upon the human rights situation during his meeting with Al-Sisi.

In response to a question pertaining to the human rights record in Egypt, al-Sisi asserted that he is responsible for 100 million citizens.

He said that there are several rights other than the political rights, including the right to education, healthcare, and rights of martyrs. He, however, said that these basic rights are not covered in Egypt due to the challenges the country is facing.

“We are not in Europe, with its cultural and intellectual advancement. We are in a different region,” al-Sisi said.

On a different note, Macron stressed the importance of cooperation with Egypt, specifically regarding security measures to combat terrorism in the region.

Macron said that Egypt and France share a close strategic partnership, describing Egypt as a key ally to demolish terrorism in the Middle East.

Prior to the press conference, the two presidents held a discussion that touched upon means to boost cooperation in fields of politics, economy and military ties.

“France is standing with Egypt’s in its fight against terrorism because its security is also our security,” Macron added.

Both presidents witnessed, on Tuesday, the signing of major cooperation agreements and memoranda of understanding.  These agreements aim to boost cultural, educational and scientific cooperation and were signed by Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry and his French counterpart.

Al-Sisi was welcomed in France on Monday by French Defense Minister Florence Parly for a three-day visit.

Egypt and France have sealed several arms deals since 2015, not only on the military level but also in fields of energy as well.

In an interview with France24, al-Sisi confirmed that there are no political prisoners in Egypt. However, he said that everything has been done “according to the law within its jurisdiction”.

Miss Universe Discovers Egypt's Beauty, Promotes Tourism
A New Batch of ’Smart Buses’ to Operate in Cairo by Next Month

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Sisi at UN: Let Us Recall Values of Nelson Mandela, World Needs to Address Conflict Root Causes

Sara AhmedSeptember 25, 2018

‘Sisi is a Great Friend’: Trump and Sisi Meet at United Nations

Mirna AbdulaalSeptember 25, 2018

Saudi Women Take Off their Veils in Solidarity with Feminist Tarif Alassiri

Nour EltiganiSeptember 24, 2018

IMF’s Lagarde: Egypt’s Economic Growth Among Highest in Middle East

Sara AhmedSeptember 24, 2018

Ministry of Antiquities: Baron Palace Renovation Will be Complete Within a Year

Sara AhmedSeptember 24, 2018

‘Misr Al Kheir’ Supports Disadvantaged Egyptian Children by Selling their Artwork

Mirna AbdulaalSeptember 24, 2018

Shubra District Head Suspended After Deadly House Collapse

Nour EltiganiSeptember 23, 2018

Egypt Appeals Court Releases Mubarak Sons, Dismisses Judge

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 22, 2018
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.