While human rights linger on US radar, Pompeo Cairo visit focuses on regional cooperation

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Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/01/11/feature/politics/while-human-rights-linger-on-us-radar-pompeo-cairo-visit-focuses-on-regional-cooperation/

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo on Thursday ahead of his address on the role of the US in the Middle East.

Pompeo’s speech at the American University in Cairo was largely a rebuke of the Obama administration’s policies in the region, which he said had diminished the position of the US and strengthened Iran’s.

Pompeo arrived in Cairo on Thursday on the third leg of his Middle East tour. After visiting Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, the Secretary of State is scheduled to travel to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait.

In his meeting with Sisi, Pompeo reiterated Washington’s “commitment to the strategic partnership with Egypt,” according to a readout released by the State Department. Pompeo “also emphasized the importance of the protection of human rights and the vital role civil society plays.”


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