German leaders reject Sisi's visit to Berlin

German opposition leaders reject visit of Egypt’s Sisi due to human rights violations committed under his rule

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Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

German politicians and opposition leaders have rejected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s visit to Germany following the recent mass death sentences and human rights violations in the country.

The German parliament’s president Norbert Lammert cancelled the planned meeting with Sisi due to the “lack of any subject” to discussed with him, following the recent developments in Egypt, which include the issuing of the death sentences.

A spokesman for the Green party in the Bundestag said current Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi should not be received in Berlin unless new parliamentary elections take place in Egypt.

The Left Party Commission on Human Rights in the Bundestag said “Merkel should talk with Sisi in plain language about the horrific human rights violations under his regime.”.

Meanwhile the German Foreign Ministry’s official statement said “Berlin has great interest in the completion of the Egyptian president’s visit to Germany.”

In response, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson and ambassador Badr Abdel Atty said that Egypt also sees Germany as a major and important partner in Europe, stressing the importance of  their countries relations in achieving security and stability through the regional and international fight against terrorism.

Abdel Atty also reiterated what he said is Egypt's full commitment to the parliamentary elections.

TRTWorld and agencies