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Sunday, 13 November 2022

COP27 in the foreign press: Biden’s visit, Alaa Abdel Fattah and climate protests

Jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah led the conversation on Egypt in the international press over the weekend after his family said he has “undergone a medical intervention” to maintain his health as he continues his hunger and water strike. Picking up the story: Reuters | BBC | Deutsche Welle | Haaretz | CNN | FT | NYT. Meanwhile, the Associated Press took note of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterating his belief that COP27 should be focused on climate change, rather than on Abdel Fattah and other political issues.

Yesterday’s protests at COP are getting just as much attention, with foreign media commenting on a number of small climate demonstrations that took place yesterday in the blue zone. Abdel Fattah’s sister Sanaa Seif led a separate protest calling for the release of the jailed activist. Covering the protests: AP | Reuters | Washington Post | New York Times among others.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s sit-down with US President Joe Biden on Friday is also making the rounds, with most outlets focusing on the human rights angle (Reuters | Bloomberg | The National). The White House is doing “everything we can” to secure the activist’s release and other political detainees, the Washington Post reported US national security adviser Jake Sullivan saying on board air force one. We have the full story in Diplomacy, below.

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