Emmanuel Macron said during a joint press conference in Paris today (October 24) that he would not “lecture” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on human rights.
Citing the examples of Iraq and Libya the French PM said the French government had previously been guilty of “giving lectures out of context and belittling political systems” which resulted in “anomie, certain deaths and radical violence.”
Macron also said that he wouldn’t accept other leaders telling him how to run his government, which was the reason he did not lecture them in turn.
Human rights organisations accused Macron of remaining despite increasing violations of freedoms by Sisi’s government in the runup to the 2018 presidential elections.
Sisi said he wanted to establish Egypt as both a democratic and progressive country and that his people would not stand for “any form of disrespect on human rights”.