Assassination plot reported against Egypt’s President Sissi
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Assassination plot reported against Egypt’s President Sissi

Cairo strongman skips trip to Arab League summit in Mauritania amid unconfirmed reports of plan to kill him there

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi listens to US Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo on May 18, 2016. (Amr Nabil/Pool/AFP)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi listens to US Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo on May 18, 2016. (Amr Nabil/Pool/AFP)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi reportedly canceled a visit to Mauritania, where an Arab League summit starts Monday, due to “credible information” of a plot to assassinate him in Nouakchott, the nation’s capital.

Egypt’s delegation at the summit is instead being headed by Prime Minister Ismail Sherif.

A presidential statement gave no reason for Sissi’s cancellation but the Egyptian press carried unconfirmed reports of a possible planned attempt on Sissi’s life during the gathering in the Mauritanian capital.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef denied that Sissi canceled the trip out of security fears but did not give a reason for the cancellation.

The private-owned Al-Masry al-Youm daily reported that the president’s office received “credible information” about the plot and based on it, the president decided not to go.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu-Zeid declined to comment on the reports.

The two-day Arab League summit is focusing on ways of defeating terrorism, the rise of jihadism in the region and the deadlocked Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

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