Opinion | Biden sells weapons to Egypt’s Sissi despite promising ‘no more blank checks’

February 19, 2021 ☼ bidentrumpdicatorsegypt

Source: The Washington Post

Link: Opinion | Biden sells weapons to Egypt’s Sissi despite promising ‘no more blank checks’

Since taking office, Mr. Biden has been speaking up strongly in defense of human rights and democracy, including in Myanmar, Russia and China. That’s a welcome and badly needed change from President Donald Trump, who loudly defended tyrants such as Mr. Sissi. But if the new president is to have a meaningful impact, he must connect his words to actions. A good first step would be to consult with the Egypt Human Rights Caucus on linking further military aid and sales to Egypt to the release of political prisoners — starting with Mr. Soltan’s relatives.

Disappointing, but these are early days. We’ll see how this all turns out.