Libya, war in Ukraine, the Great Dam and human rights at the center of the conversation between al Sisi and Biden

The meeting took place in Shar el Sheik, on the sidelines of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (Cop27)

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The situation in Libya, human rights, the war in Ukraine and the Great Rebirth Dam (Gerd) built by Ethiopia on the Blue Nile were some of the issues of international politics at the center of the meeting between the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the US counterpart, Joe Biden, on the sidelines of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (Cop27) in progress in Sharm el Sheikh. This was reported in a press release by the presidential spokesman, Bassam Radi. Other topics at the center of the conversation were the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the fight against terrorism and the contrast of extremist ideologies. According to the statement, Biden felt that Egypt is a central partner in addressing the challenge of cross-border terrorism.

The two leaders also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues, in particular the war in Ukraine unleashed by Russia and its negative repercussions worldwide, particularly in the food and energy sectors, and developments in Libya, Yemen and Syria. Al Sisi stressed the need to consolidate the concept of the national state and put an end to the presence of foreign mercenaries and militias in the region. In the meeting, Al Sisi and Biden also addressed the issue of the Gerd dam, the functioning of which worries the states of the Nile Valley, Egypt and Sudan, who fear for their water resources. In this regard, Al Sisi announced Egypt's determination to preserve its water security for current and future generations by reaching a binding legal agreement to fill and operate the dam taking into account Egypt's needs. Al Sisi underlined the important role played by the United States in resolving the crisis with Ethiopia linked to the Great Rebirth Dam.

The White House: "Biden raised the importance of human rights"
Biden today raised "the importance of human rights and respect for fundamental freedoms" in his meeting with President al Sisi. He reports it today to the White House in a note. "The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to accelerate global efforts to tackle the climate crisis," the statement read. Both heads of states "underlined their mutual commitment to the multifaceted US-Egypt strategic partnership". The two leaders "also consulted on regional security challenges, opportunities to reduce conflicts and the decade-long defense partnership between the United States and Egypt," the statement concluded.

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