Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi without mentioning mass arrests and demonstrations in his country, according to Amnesty International Norway.
PM Solberg met with President El Sisi in a meeting held on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Monday (Sept 23), reported VG newspaper.
At about the same time, mass arrests of Egypt’s opposition took place. Over 2,000 people have been arrested in over a week. However, Solberg did not address any aspects of the human rights situation in Egypt during her meeting with El-Sisi, the Prime Minister’s Office told the newspaper.
Solberg and El-Sisi discussed cooperation on tourism, trade, energy, fish, logistics and oil. She is believed to have emphasized Egypt’s role in maintaining stability in the Middle East and highlighted Norway’s desire to intensify and strengthen cooperation Egypt.
The Secretary-General for Amnesty International (Oslo), John Peder Egenæs observed that Solberg met Sisi without addressing the current serious abuses against protesters in Egypt.
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