Sameh Shoukry Antony Blinken Usa Washington Egypt president Government Department Sameh Shoukry Antony Blinken Usa Washington Egypt

US: Human rights will be 'central' to relations with Egypt

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Tuesday told Egypt that human rights will be “central” to its policy in dealing with the key Arab state and major American partner in the Middle East.

The pronouncement came just a week after the administration approved a nearly $200 million missile sale to Egypt despite concerns about Cairo’s jailing of dissidents, including American citizens and their families.

It was not immediately clear how the new emphasis on human rights would manifest itself. The Trump administration had largely given Egypt's leadership a pass on human rights.

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