Human rights are central to relations between Biden and Sisi – the portal to freedom and justice

The “Washington Post” newspaper published an article by political analyst David Ignatius, in which he sheds light on the relations between the new US administration and Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the leader of the military coup in Egypt. In the article translated by “Freedom and Justice,” Ignatius said that the Biden administration is striving to reconcile two inescapable facts about the powers of the coup. It is an important friend and ally of the United States, and has a repressive government that violates basic human rights.

He added that this paradox, “friendly” authoritarian regimes that modernize their countries but oppress their citizens, have haunted the foreign policy of the United States in the Middle East for an entire generation. President Biden and his team made a fresh start four years after his predecessor largely ignored human rights issues.

And he continued, “Let’s hope that Biden’s team gets it right, because Egypt is important. What is logical to me is continuous and constructive engagement on the ground. The alert on the Sisi regime from afar or the threat of an arms embargo has made Congressional critics feel as if they have accomplished it.” Something, but this approach risks achieving a lost result, with no progress in human rights and diminishing security for both countries. “

He explained that the Biden administration’s desire to integrate human rights issues into the coalition appeared early last Monday, when the commander of the US Central Command, General Frank Mackenzie Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, met and the two sides discussed this issue, and MacKenzie was the first senior official to meet with Sisi since Biden took office, and MacKenzie said Later in an interview: “Human rights issues should be important to us all the time.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reinforced the message on Tuesday with a call with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “The minister expressed concern about human rights, which he emphasized will be central to bilateral relations between the United States and the Sisi regime.”

And because the debate in Washington focuses on human rights issues, observers often miss the fact that the Egyptian economy is accelerating even while its political system is still stuck in a hole.

The writer pointed out that Sisi is a mystery, and he has achieved reforms that eluded his predecessors, reducing the support provided to energy and other essentials, but he rules like a general and not the president, as he imprisons critics, muzzles the media, and uses (fear of Islamic extremism as an excuse to suppress any opposition Politics) and the military still weighs heavily on the economy, controlling the state-run giants that mobilize entrepreneurs.

Sisi defenders may build on the confusion that occurred in the past decade, when the Tahrir Square revolution in 2011 brought down the repressive government of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood came to power for a short period, and then a counter-revolution in 2013 installed Sisi.

The writer emphasized that Biden’s human rights campaign will only succeed if it is based on local action, rather than theorizing from afar, and while the United States urges the release of political prisoners, it can also provide training for Egyptian lawyers and grants to improve facilities. Detention, and programs to empower women with businesses, all as part of a regular high-level dialogue on human rights.

The writer said that the United States needs a strong and successful Egypt, and the conceited and rude Sisi needs the United States as well, adding that Russia and China are simply not viable alternatives to building the modern state that the Egyptians want.

The writer said that the United States’ greatest benefit is to deepen its share in a healthy, progressive Egypt, even as it holds Sisi responsible for observing international standards regarding the rights of his people.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/egypt-presents-biden-a-familiar-conundrum-how-to-handle-a-friendly-authoritarian/2021/02/25/1f02e122-778a-11eb-8115-9ad5e9c02117_story.html


Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.

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