Egypt stabilizes its international relations, new path toward Egypt-Saudi Arabia cooperation, after a year of tensions beween, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud met in Riyadh on Sunday with the two of them confirming their good relations. Al-Sissi stressed the necessity for both countries to cooperate in Arab League area, but also on a bilateral dimension. They also discuss the global security strategy for the region, and the counter-terrorism policy. Saudi Arabia’s King has accepted an invitation to Cairo, without express a precise date. Tensions between both countries was born after Egypt vote in favour of a peace resolution plan for Syria, voted at the Security Council. Following this vote a conflict around Saudi Oil exportations was born between both countries creating a diplomatic tensions.
Mattias official visit in Egypt has permitted to enforce Egypt-US relations, re-started with the official visit of Egyptian president to the White House. During the meeting with US Secretary of Defense James Matiss, attended by Egypt’s Defense Minister Sidqi Sobhi, US Deputy National Security Advisor for for Strategic Affairs Dina Powell, and US Ambassador to Cairo Stephen Beecroft, Sisi expressed his aspirations to continue negotiations over strengthening military cooperation between the two countries. At the centre of discussions, fighting terrorism in the region had been the main topic.
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said in his meeting on Tuesday with the head of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ammar al-Hakeem. An alliance between both countries had been evoked, especially in economical, political and counter-terrorism field. Al-Sisi recalled the importance of the dialogue between different factions composing the country, and a division of the country could have an impact on the whole region. Al-Hakeem expressed his thanks and appreciation for Egypt’s support, stressing that Egypt plays a pivotal role as a cornerstone for security and stability in the region.
Recent terrorist attacks in Egypt, and the state of emergency’s answer is creating a threat for Human Rights in the country. Indeed, emergency measures included in a declaration of a state of emergency by President Abdelfattah al-Sissi in the aftermath of three deplorable church bombings in Egypt will do little to resolve the root causes of sectarian attacks against Copts in Egypt and are likely to lead to a further deterioration in human rights, Amnesty International said today. The NGO told that Egyptian Human Rights was
reduced before the state of emergency, so the application of these new measures, could reduce, again, human rights in the country. They recalled also the state of emergency pronunced by former president Mubarak, which facilitated systematic violations and gave Egypt’s security forces the power to detain thousands of people for years in administrative detention without respecting procedural guarantees intended to ensure fair administration of justice. It’s also linked to the law n°98, voted in 2015 which regulates the state of emergency,
but give a lot of power to Egyptian president to reduce freedoms in the country.
Official visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi started on Monday, continue to produce results. Indeed el-Sisi held talks with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at the Pentagon on Wednesday where they expressed hopes to collaborate on counterterror measures, the Defense Department said in a press release. They announce that defence cooperation between both countries is the “backbone” of their relationship. A future visit of Jim Mattis had been previous soon in Cairo. This strengthening of Defence cooperation is added to the enforcement of economical relation on Monday, during el-Sisi-Trump meeting.
Ahead Al-Sisi-Trump meeting, the CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalist), especially due to 25 journalist still condemned in Egyptian prisons. The CPJ underlined that: “terrorism is the pretext that Egypt’s government has used to jail most of the journalists”. The CPJ has classified Egypt just after Turkey and China in their classification of the countries offending journalists.