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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

El Sisi’s meeting with Trump tops international coverage

El Sisi’s visit to Washington is unsurprisingly dominating the international press this morning — and we’re continuing to take a battering. The Washington Times is complaining that Trump failed to bring up the proposed constitutional amendments during the meeting, choosing instead choosing to tell El Sisi that he’s “doing a great job”. Slate and Voice of America are equally angry about this.

Human rights was also a phrase that found its way into much of the coverage: Bloomberg highlighted the detention of Americans in Egypt, treatment of religious minorities and the track record of human rights abuses. The deepening relationship with Russia also brought renewed scrutiny over US aid to Cairo, with Foreign Policy focusing on a letter sent from US lawmakers that urged Sisi to allow US diplomats to visit the Sinai Peninsula and track how Egypt is using US aid. The Washington Post has more.

Other headlines worth noting in brief:

  • Posters encouraging people to approve the constitutional amendments in the upcoming referendum have flooded Cairo, the AP writes in a report picked up by Fox News.
  • The daughter of a 60-year-old detained at Al Qanater prison has lobbied the US to assist in the release of her mother, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.
  • The inclusion of refugees in the “100 mn healthy lives” campaign has received praise from the WHO and the UN, as Egypt attempts to eliminate Hepatitis C by 2023, reports Relief Web.
  • Seven people were killed in a suicide-bomber attack in North Sinai, per an interior ministry statement. Casualties included 4 police personnel and 3 citizens while 26 others were wounded, with Daesh claiming responsibility for the attack, Reuters reports.

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