Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 19: Clinton, Trump to both meet with Egyptian president at U.N.
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Clinton, Trump to both meet with Egyptian president at U.N.

An adviser to U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign said on Sunday that Trump will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday during the United Nations General Assembly, just as Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, is also scheduled to do.

Clinton, who faces Trump in the Nov. 8 election, announced last week that she would meet both with Sisi and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko in bilateral sessions expected to take place late on Monday. A foreign policy advisor to Trump, Walid Phares, told Reuters on Sunday that Trump would also have talks with Sisi on the same day.

For Trump, a New York real estate magnate and reality-TV show host who has never held political office, it marks the second time in recent weeks he has tried to burnish his foreign-policy credentials to compete with Clinton, the former Secretary of State under President Barack Obama and a U.S. Senator from New York.

Trump ventured to Mexico late last month to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto to discuss border security between the two nations.

But afterward, both sides quickly accused the other of not accurately representing the scope of the conversations, with Trump insisting that the subject of which country would pay for a proposed wall between the two nations never came up, and Pena Nieto saying that his country would never agree to finance it.

Egypt remains in flux after the country’s chaotic revolution in 2011 that deposed President Hosni Mubarak, a movement that the Obama administration supported. Then-Secretary Clinton has since written that she advised a more conservative approach than the White House ultimately took toward Mubarak’s exit.

Egypt’s Islamist President, Mohamad Morsi, was eventually supplanted by Sisi, the nation’s former defense minister and a secularist, in 2013.

Some Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have since accused the Obama administration of abandoning its support of Egypt’s government in its battle against Islamic militants.

Trump has called for aggressive measures in combating the threat of Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria and has proposed blocking immigrants from countries that he says pose a threat to the United States. Earlier in his campaign, he suggested banning all Muslims from entering the country.

Clinton’s meeting with Ukraine President Poroshenko also is likely to be provocative given the reportedly close ties between Trump’s campaign and the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, considered part of Ukraine, in 2014.


U.S. ‘troubled’ decision of freezing assets of Egyptian NGOs

U.S. Department of State voiced its concerns on a judicial decision to freeze the assets of five human rights activists who are facing charges of receiving illegal foreign funds from foreign sources.

“This decision comes against a wider backdrop of closing space for Egyptian civil society. Such restrictions on the space for civil society activity will produce neither stability nor security,” said U.S. Department of State spokesperson John Kirby in a statement on Sunday.

“We urge the Government of Egypt to lift these asset freezes, take all legally available measures to end the investigations into human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and ease restrictions on association and expression so that these and other NGOs can operate freely,” he added.

The decision involves founder of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights Hossam Bahgat and the executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Gamal Eid.

The asset freeze decision also involves director of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) Bahy al-Din Hassan, director of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center Mosatafa al-Hassan and director of the Egyptian Center on the Right to Education Abdel Hafiz al Tayel.


Togolese Parlaiment Speaker invited to take part in Pan-African Parliament meetings in Egypt

Egyptian ambassador to Togo Karim Sherif said on Monday that Togolese National Assembly (Parliament) Speaker Dama Dramani was invited to participate in the Pan-African Parliament meetings, due to be held in Sharm el Sheikh on October 8-11, said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in a statement Monday.

Dramani will also participate in the celebrations of 150th anniversary of the Egyptian Parlaiment Foundation.

In April, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé paid Egypt an official visit where he met with President Abdel Fatah al Sisi, discussing ways to boost bilateral ties between the two African states.


Egypt drafts a law against IT crimes

The High Committee of the Legislative Reform of the Egyptian Cabinet is studying a darft law on the information technology crimes, Youm7 reported.

The committee members will meet with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to discuss the draft law articles on Tuesday. Per the Article 25, those who create, run, or use a website, a personal, account or, an e-mail to create an entity or a terrorist gang or promote their ideas, or commit terrorist acts will be imprisoned.


Sisi meets with Yemeni counterpart in New York

On the sidelines of the 71th UN General Assembly meetings in New York City, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with his Yemeni counterpart Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Sunday, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement.

“Mr. President stressed Egypt stands alongside the brotherly Yemen and continues to support the legitimate government and the President Hadi, referring to Egypt’s keenness on supporting the stability of the Yemeni state and the unity and territorial integrity efforts,” Youssef added.

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