quinta-feira, 27 de novembro de 2014

Egyptian President tries to turn the page of repression with visit to Paris

After Rome, Abdel-Fatah al-Sissi met on Wednesday in Paris with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, to discuss topics such as the fight against terrorism, the Middle East conflict or the situation in neighboring Libya.

The movement also included a visit to the tomb of Napoleon in the French capital and an unexpected claim by complicity of torture and violence, filed by two Egyptians in French courts.

On the situation in Libya, Sissi said: "we share the same fears about negative developments and the violence in Libya that turned the country into a breeding ground for terrorist groups."

The military that overthrew the President left the Islamist revolution of 2011 is accused of having led a wave of repression that caused more than 1,400 dead and 15,000 detainees in Egypt.

The first trip to Europe serves as an effort to try to turn the page, when the country's economy is quite fragile, especially with the fall in the number of tourists to visit the country.

In Paris, Sissi is meeting with businessmen on Thursday before signing a contract for the procurement of French military equipment.

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