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.

Banners showing Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi hang in Tahrir Square, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/ Amr Nabil)

But Nauert adds: “We have noted reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the elections.”

— AFP

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