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Fahmy to visit Washington

Foreign minister to discuss democratic transition, terrorism with American counterparts

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy will visit Monday with American officials and the Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss Egypt’s democratic transition as well its fight against a terrorist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.

According to a statement released by the foreign ministry, Fahmy is “confident” that Egypt is moving in the direction “of building real democracy despite challenges” such as terrorism.

US State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed on Friday that Egypt’s democratic transition “will be part of the conversation” when the two senior diplomats meet in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Fahmy will also give a speech to Center for Strategic and International Studies in which he will explicate the post-3-July roadmap and the country’s fight against terrorism.

Fahmy’s visit comes on the heels of an American announcement to resume military aid to Egypt. A statement released by the American Embassy in Washington, DC welcomed the decision “to lift restrictions on some US military assistance to Egypt including the release for transfer of 10 Apache helicopters critical to our fight against extremist terrorist organisations operating in Sinai”.

“This announcement underscores the enduring strategic partnership between our two nations that has been pivotal to preserving regional peace and countering terrorism for thirty years,” the statement read.

However, Sarah Margon, acting Washington director at Human Rights Watch, questioned the clarity of US policy towards Egypt, saying the “administration continues to send very mixed messages about its priorities in Egypt”.

“If mass killings, mass arrests, and mass death sentences are not enough to make clear that freedoms are far from being ‘restored’ in Egypt, what is?” she said.

Fahmy will also discuss political situations in Palestine, Syria and Libya. In recent trips through Africa and Europe, Fahmy has stressed Egypt’s desire to find a political situation to the Syrian civil war, which has recently entered its fourth year.

The foreign minister will also meet leaders of American Jewish organisations to discuss Egypt’s stance on the Palestine-Israel peace talks.

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  • Intellectualist

    First he needs to discuss the reactionary methodology of Egypt’s judiciary in this period of change and give assurances that the pendulum will be dampened and if necessary, the presidential pardon applied to prevent Egypt from becoming a martyr factory. I’m sure both candidates will affirm this. Then to the Israeli issue, the analogy is close to home. Since 1954 every election cycle in the US has been stained with radical declarations of sovereignty by fringe theocratic groups. Their battle cry is” ‘Merica is a Christian nation,it’s right on the money” referring to their motto printed on our currency. They inflame old tensions and stir up anti semitism to rally the very worst of our society. They have nothing but ill will towards anyone that doesn’t follow their narrow views. It illustrates how a democracy that allows itself to be subservient to a religious sect, also lets would be ethnic cleansers have room to operate and spread their hatred. This McCarthyism reborn reminds us of the blacklisting of the Jews that resulted from the last onslaught and shows how easily an endorsement of one sect could destroy our goals of maintaining a fair and equal representative democracy. The declaration of Israel of a “Jewish state” is no different. It is a major flaw that unchecked will stain their futures as this Catholic theocratic assault stains ours,over and over and over, ad nauseum. The future knows no segregation or discrimination. It is wholly the purview of the past now. Let’s make that our motto instead.

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