Foreign Minister Tillerson held a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri in a foreign ministry compound, highlighting the topic of second concern including war against terrorists and American concerns about Egypt's presidential election. Both agreed to not interfere in their respective domestic affairs.
Tillerson said he and Shoukri discussed "the support and protection of human rights and the important role of civil society in Egypt," as well as issues related to Egypt's presidential election in March, in which the ruling President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi nominates almost without a challenger.
"America, as it is in all countries, supports a transparent and credible election process and all citizens are given the right and opportunity to participate freely and fairly" (19659003) Asked about alleged political oppression in Egypt, Foreign Minister Shoukri responded that the political process took a long time to change but Egyptians have cast their vote through ballot boxes and replaced his government several times over the past 7 years:  "Social and political development is a process of evolution, I think in 11 last year, the people of Egypt have shown their commitment, determination and ability to change direction and show dissatisfaction when they are not satisfied. They have been able to change the two governments in the last seven years and have legislative elections and know how to protect their rights and express their opinions, "said Shoukri.
Foreign Minister Tillerson stressed America and Egypt are determined to jointly fight terrorists, and Egypt is an important member of the coalition led by the United States against the ISIS group.
Egypt began Friday an anti-terrorist operation across the country, called Sinai 2018, and launched air strikes against terrorist targets, including arsenal, and attempted to disrupt the supply routes of weapons from Libya and Gaza .
Tillerson also met President el-Sissi at the al Ittihadiya presidency, before heading to the airport and continuing his trip to Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. [my/ii]