Sullivan reveals what happened between Sisi and Biden about Alaa Abdel Fattah

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser to US President Joe Biden, responded to a question about the president’s stay with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, on the issue of political activist Alaa Abdel Fattah.

“The President (Biden) and President Sisi had a lengthy discussion on the issue of human rights. The president directed his team to work with the Egyptians on a number of specific issues, one of which is this issue (Alaa Abdel Fattah),” Sullivan explained in the White House daily summary. This case is while we are on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh, and I will not go any further on the record because we are doing everything we can to secure his release, as well as the release of a number of other political prisoners.”

He added, “The United States is requesting his release (Alaa Abdel Fattah). President Sisi initially raised the issue of human rights not only in his opening comments to the press, but in his opening presentation at the meeting.. President Biden responded.. President Biden explained why these issues are important.” Very much for the United States…as I said, he then directed his team to work through a set of individual cases…”

He continued, “There is a question as to the extent to which these issues are best attempted to be resolved diplomatically through public pressure or through private engagement.. This is an ongoing debate, an ongoing assessment.. So I can categorically say that we believe that Alaa should be released.” Abdel Fattah, but in terms of talking about the details of our discussions with the Egyptians, I would like to leave those behind closed doors for the time being.”

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