By POMED –
Upon arriving in Egypt on January 27, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he would address human rights concerns by speaking “openly” about the treatment of citizens and raising names of activists targeted by the regime to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in private.
During a joint press conference with al-Sisi, Macron said, “Stability and durable peace go together with respect for individual dignity and the rule of law, and the search for stability cannot be dissociated from the question of human rights.”
Macron then tweeted [Fr], “I reminded President al-Sisi that the search for security that drives us cannot be dissociated from the question of human rights. An inclusive society is the best barrier to Islamist terrorism.”
Macron has previously expressed hesitancy to condemn human rights abuses in order to “respect Egypt’s sovereignty” and sought to separate human rights and France’s arms sales to Egypt by arguing that “they are not linked for us and they never were.” However, France has faced pressure to critically examine its arms sales to Egypt amid President al-Sisi’s crackdown on any opposition to his regime.
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