CAIRO: Cairo said it did not ask for a meeting with Bundestag President Norbert Lammert, who canceled a June meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, protesting “violations of human rights” in Egypt.
Lammert, who belongs to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU,) said in a statement that there have been crackdowns on opposition groups and detentions of dozens and sentences of life in prison and death penalties, adding that such “violations that do not participate in bringing domestic stability.”
The meeting with Sisi could be “groundless,” he was quoted by Russia Today.
Former President Mohamed Morsi and 105 others were sentenced Saturday to death over charges of prison break during the January 25 Uprising.
However, Egyptian ambassador to Germany Mohamed Hegazy said that his country did not ask for a meeting between Sisi and Lamert, according to a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Tuesday.
Hegazy added the meeting was scheduled by the German side as part Sisi’s visit to Germany.
On May 5, Sisi received an invitation from German Chancellor Merkel to visit Germany in June, according to another statement from Egyptian presidency.