Live UpdateFrom the Liveblog of Monday, April 2, 2018
US says eager to work with Egypt’s re-elected Sisi: official
The United States wants to build on its “strategic partnership” with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the US State Department says, despite expressing concerns over political freedom in his country.
“The United States values its strong partnership with Egypt and will continue to work to advance our shared objectives,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert says, after Sissi won a second term with 97 percent of the vote.
But Nauert adds: “We have noted reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the elections.”