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Sunday, 6 January 2019

Scheduled airing of El Sisi’s 60 Minutes interview leads the conversation on Egypt

**#7 El Sisi 60 Minutes interview tops coverage: Leading the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press this morning is the expected airing of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes today, in which he addresses Egypt’s ties with Israel and allegations that Egypt is holding thousands of political prisoners. CBS said in a statement that Egypt’s ambassador in Washington contacted the show’s producers to request that the interview not be aired. The statement does not make clear what prompted this alleged request. The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick and the Washington Post’s Tamer El Ghobashy cover the story in depth, with each placing particular emphasis on El Sisi’s discussion of Egypt and Israel’s military cooperation in Sinai.

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