President Abdel Fattah el Sisi dismisses European calls to abolish or temporarily suspend capital punishment, claiming the practice is "in line with the region's laws and culture."
In Egypt, nine people were executed last week despite a European Council resolution against the death penalty five months ago. Yet it didn’t stop European leaders from attending the EU-Arab summit co-chaired by the country’s President Sisi.
European countries see the summit is all the more important as the United States "disengages" from the region while Russia and China make inroads.
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