Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, said that the “national strategy for human rights” launched by his government is “the best evidence” of its quest to promote human rights, he said.
The Egyptian president’s statements came on the sidelines of his speech via video conference technology, to the United Nations General Assembly, held in New York, on Tuesday.
Al-Sisi said, “The national strategy for human rights launched by Egypt (on September 11th) is the best evidence of the comprehensive approach taken by Egypt in guaranteeing and promoting human rights.”
Al-Sisi considered that “the human rights system in Egypt has recently reflected a great development.”
Al-Sisi indicated that his country is keen “to promote human rights within the framework of respect for the principles of citizenship and the rule of law.”
The administration of US President Joe Biden had decided to suspend $130 million in US military aid to Egypt, pending steps to improve human rights, while at the same time agreeing to give Egypt $170 million in aid, from a $300 million tranche for the fiscal year. 2020.
Egypt annually received $1.3 billion in US military aid, and despite the conditions imposed on the $300 million tranche of it, previous administrations bypassed those conditions and allowed the aid to be sent.
In his speech, Sisi also stressed his rejection of the “de facto policy” in the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Al-Sisi explained that “the Renaissance Dam negotiations have been facing for a decade, intransigence and an unjustified refusal to deal positively with the negotiating process in its successive stages, choosing a unilateral approach and a policy of imposing a fait accompli, which threatens the security and stability of the region.”
He pointed out that “Egypt is one of the driest countries and its people are below the water poverty line, and the Nile River is the only lifeline for its existence throughout history, which explains the Egyptians’ concern.”
While he said that “Egypt has repeatedly stressed that there is no way to stabilize the Middle East without reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue,” calling on the international community to take the necessary measures for the reconstruction of Gaza.