Biden discusses human rights abuses with Al Sisi of Egypt, dam dispute with Ethiopia and Sudan and crisis in Middle East

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday spoke with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt and both discussed Egypt’s dam dispute with Ethiopia and Sudan, the crisis in Middle East between Israel and Palestine, and human rights abuses within Egypt itself. The two leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to a strong and productive U.S.-Egypt partnership.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sits with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, on April 20, 2016, at the outset of a bilateral meeting preceding an onward flight by the Secretary to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to accompany President Obama during a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council. [State Department photo/ 
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sits with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, on April 20, 2016, at the outset of a bilateral meeting preceding an onward flight by the Secretary to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to accompany President Obama during a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council. [State Department photo/

“Regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, President Biden acknowledged Egypt’s concerns about access to Nile River waters and underscored the U.S. interest in achieving a diplomatic resolution that meets the legitimate needs of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia,” said the readout of their conversation released by the White House.

The White House added that the two leaders also discussed “their commitment to upholding Libyan plans for national elections in December and the removal of all foreign military and irregular forces from Libya.” They also affirmed their support for the Iraqi government’s efforts to strengthen Iraq’s full sovereignty and independence. 

President Biden also thanked Egypt “for its successful diplomacy and coordination with the United States to end the recent hostilities in Israel and Gaza and ensure violence does not reoccur,” and underscored the importance of a constructive dialogue on human rights in Egypt.

“The two leaders consulted on the urgent need to deliver humanitarian assistance to those in need in Gaza and to support rebuilding efforts in a manner that benefits the people there and not Hamas,” the White House said, adding that he has asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit the region for follow up on these urgent needs. 

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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