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France's Macron to press Egyptian president on human rights

CAIRO: French President Emmanuel Macron is to carry talks Monday with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo, announcing beforehand that he wants to spice up ties with the Mideast country in the fight towards terrorism but also use the seek advice from to encourage higher admire for human rights.

Macron, who is heading a big delegation on a three-day go back and forth to the Arab world's most populous country, said he wants to "pursue a truthful discussion on topics of public freedoms and human rights''; an area he feels Egypt has not advanced sufficient on since he raised it with officials earlier in his mandate.

France, which considers itself the birthplace of human rights, has come below power by way of advocates to raise the problem with general-turned-President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, whose human rights file has been widely condemned and is observed as worsening.

Macron said that too many people who provide no danger to the rustic have been being jailed.

"It is on this house of what's taking place in Egypt that I will continue to focal point issues. I will do it extra openly all the way through this go back and forth,'' Macron advised journalists on Sunday, including that he considered it in the pastime of el-Sissi and Egypt to admire human rights.

Macron said he felt the current crackdown on opposition in Egypt, begun after el-Sissi overthrew his elected however divisive Islamist predecessor in 2013, had turn out to be worse than below the rustic's longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, who used to be overthrown in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.

"I think what is happening here sooner or later threatens the stability of Egypt,'' Macron said. "That's to say, I think that the insurance policies as they are being performed are perceived by way of intellectuals, the Egyptian civil society, as being even stronger than (below) the Mubarak regime.''

Macron additionally said that he would raise specific names with el-Sissi in a confidential dialogue. Aside from heightened public emphasis on human rights, he did not point out raising any new specific levers to take a look at and incentivize el-Sissi.

Rights groups and activists have steered France and other Western powers to halt weapons gross sales to Egypt, a significant buyer, until it presentations development at the method it treats its personal citizenry. But Macron pushed aside the use of such power, announcing it used to be important to admire Egypt's sovereignty and not minimize it off because that would power it additional into the fingers of the West's authoritarian competitors, Russia and China, which el-Sissi has courted.

Asked particularly if human rights issues may affect specific fingers gross sales, akin to one below dialogue for added Rafale advanced fighter jets to Egypt, Macron said such matters have been separate.

"I would differentiate between the two topics, they don't seem to be connected for us and they by no means have been.''

Macron arrived earlier in the day in the country's south, where he visited the famed temple of Abu Simbel and other archaeological sites. He meets el-Sissi on Monday, when he's going to signal several bilateral accords.

His delegation comprises govt ministers, two dozen representatives from academic, cultural, and clinical fields, and a dozen business leaders -- together with the heads of Rafale producer Dassault. Macron will dine with local business leaders and meet the heads of Egypt's Christian and Muslim communities all the way through the go back and forth, his first to Egypt since taking office in 2017.

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