France’s Macron to press Egyptian president on human rights

CAIRO (AP) — The French president is to hold talks with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo — talks that Emmanuel Macron says he wants to use to boost ties with the Mideast country in the fight against terrorism but also encourage better respect for human rights.

Macron and general-turned-President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi are to meet on Tuesday morning.

The French leader is heading a large delegation on a three-day trip to the Arab world’s most populous country, which Macron says France considers a key regional partner.

Macron told reports on Sunday that he wants to “pursue a truthful dialogue on topics of public freedoms and human rights,” an area he feels Egypt has not progressed enough on since he raised it with officials earlier in his mandate.

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