Kerry Warns Egypt On Human Rights Abuses, Resumes Military Exercises

Secretary of State John Kerry told Egyptian officials on Sunday that they would not be able to defeat terrorism at home unless they showed greater respect for human rights.

Kerry did not clarify which human rights violations. There were human rights violations in July and August 2013, including the deaths of protesters.

“The success of our fight against terrorism depends on building trust between the authorities and the public,” Mr. Kerry said at a news conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry. “If that possibility does not exist, then, regrettably, more misguided people will be driven to violence and there will be more attacks.”

However, American officials also signaled that they would not let their concerns with human rights stand in the way of increased security cooperation with Egypt.

“Mr. Kerry said the United States was moving toward resuming ‘Bright Star,’ the joint military exercise that President Obama suspended in August 2013 after Egypt’s generals cracked down on supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the president they ousted from power,” writes The New York Times.

The U.S. has also delivered military hardware to Egypt.

The Portland Press-Herald wrote that “…in addition to the F-16s, the U.S. had provided Egypt with Apache helicopters, attack boats, armored vehicles and other weapons systems this year. More aid is on the way, he said.”


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