President Macron Says France Will Keep Selling Weapons to Egypt Despite Human Rights Record

HeadlineDec 09, 2020

In Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the Élysée Palace Monday, saying France would continue to sell weapons to Egypt. This comes despite mounting accusations of human rights violations against Sisi’s government, including the use of forced disappearances, mass arrests and torture amid an unprecedented crackdown on activists and journalists. This is President Macron speaking Monday.

President Emmanuel Macron: “I will not condition matters of defense and economic cooperation and disagreements over human rights, first because I believe in the sovereignty of the peoples and in respect of our legitimate and reciprocal interests.”

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