OBAMA STRESSES RIGHTS IN CALL TO SISI

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday stressed the need for political freedoms in Egypt, as he spoke to the country’s new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew his freely elected predecessor and crushed his party. Obama spoke by telephone to Sisi, as the United States resumed its uncomfortable balancing act between retaining influence with Egypt, a key regional power, despite discomfort with a political regime that conflicts with its own values. “The president reiterated the United States’ continuing support for the political, economic, and social aspirations of the Egyptian people, and respect for their universal rights,” said a White House statement. Sisi “expressed appreciation” for the call and welcomed US support for his new government, following his swearing-in on Sunday, the statement said.

AFP

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