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Sisi in Paris: Visit Shows Unwavering Relationship Between Egypt and France

December 8, 2020

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi landed in Paris on Sunday on an official two-day visit to France that saw him hold discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron and other leading government and business leaders. The visit saw the French roll out the red carpet for President Sisi, with the Egyptian leader welcomed with a cavalry parade through Paris. The highlight of the visit was Sisi’s meeting and joint press conference with France’s Macron at the historic Élysée Palace, the official residence of the President of the French Republic. The joint press conference saw the two leaders exchange differing views in an amicable manner on religious values and secularism, but they otherwise displayed a unified approach to economic and political cooperation, particularly in relation to the Middle East and North Africa. Religious values vs human values: the Presidents get philosophical In response to a question from the press about France’s approach to cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad deemed offensive to Muslims around the world, President Sisi stressed the importance of considering “religious values”, affirming his views that such cartoons offend Muslims globally. “It is important, when we express our views, that…

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