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Remarks: Joe Biden Holds a Bilat With Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt - November 11, 2022

  • Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
    Person
  • Joe Biden
    Person
Very Positive

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:36 (36 sec)
[Via Interpreter] Your Excellency, Mr. President, you are most welcome to the city of Sharm el-Sheikh. I do welcome your [inaudible] delegation as well. This is a great opportunity. And this year, we mark 100 years of -- celebrating 100 years of U.S-Egyptian relationships. 1

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:00:36-00:00:47 (12 sec)
[Via Interpreter] Allow me to say, sir, that this is a great opportunity as we know are now celebrating our 100th anniversary of the Egyptian-U.S. relationship. 2

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:00:47-00:01:01 (14 sec)
[Via Interpreter] And Your Excellency's visit to Sharm El-Sheikh is a real reflection of the strength of the relationship and will be a great momentum to this COP27. 3

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:01:01-00:01:20 (18 sec)
[Via Interpreter] This is also a great opportunity that we can boost the strategic relationship between our two countries. 4

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:01:20-00:01:43 (23 sec)
[Via Interpreter] Yesterday I had a great opportunity of meeting Madam Speaker Honorable Nancy Pelosi and several members of the U.S. Congress. We talked about multiple issues. And it was a great event. 5

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Somewhat Positive
00:01:43-00:02:03 (21 sec)
[Via Interpreter] I would like to seize this opportunity of having U.S. media with us to talk about the overall issues in the Middle East and how things are unfolding in this region. 6

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:02:03-00:02:41 (38 sec)
[Via Interpreter] [Via Interpreter] First of all, I'd like to emphasize the strength of the strategic relationship between Egypt and the United States that has not changed over 40 years. There has always been common understanding regarding all the issues relating to this region. 7

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:02:41-00:03:22 (41 sec)
[Via Interpreter] But there's always a point that is the center of the debate, that we appreciate very much, and this is the human rights part. In this particular regard, we have a comprehensive approach that I'd like you to listen and hear from us about it and to follow it up, because we are very keen on improving this part. 8

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:03:22-00:03:51 (28 sec)
[Via Interpreter] We have launched a national strategy for human rights. Then we launched another initiative for national dialogue [inaudible] this year. This was -- coincided with a committee for presidential amnesty. This is following up all of the relevant issues, and all the lists that are suggested are being approved. 9

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:03:51-00:04:15 (24 sec)
[Via Interpreter] And I don't feel that this will be very much appropriate to take all the time speaking while Your Excellency is here, but I just wanted to address in general the topics that are of common interest. Your Excellency, I welcome you. 10

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:04:15-00:04:20 (5 sec)
I can listen to you much longer, Mr. President. 11

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Positive
00:04:20-00:04:23 (3 sec)
[Laughs] [Via Interpreter] I appreciate that. 12

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
00:04:23-00:04:26 (3 sec)
No, I'm serious. 13

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:04:26-00:04:29 (3 sec)
[Via Interpreter] I appreciate that. Thank you. 14

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:04:29-00:04:51 (22 sec)
First of all, thank you for hosting the COP27 meeting. The -- you know, Egypt has long -- been long called the "Mother of the World," so it seems appropriate that you're hosting this -- this environmental effort. 15

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:04:51-00:05:02 (11 sec)
And thank you for, you know, reminding us the urgency of this crisis. It is an urgent crisis, and we all have to do considerably more. 16

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Positive
00:05:02-00:05:03 (1 sec)
Yes. 17

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:03-00:05:23 (19 sec)
And that's why we sent our best -- Secretary Kerry, who's forgotten more about the environment and what we need to do than most people know. 18

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:23-00:05:59 (36 sec)
And Egypt has been, by the way, a key mediator, and I appreciate what we were able to do with regard to Gaza and the strong counterterrorism partnership that we've established. 19

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:59-00:06:20 (21 sec)
In the face of -- in the face of Russia's war in Ukraine, Egypt has spoken up strongly at the United Nations, and that is appreciated very much as well. 20

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:20-00:07:03 (43 sec)
Today, we're also going to discuss a full range of bilateral issues, some of which you referenced, and -- to preserving our strong defense partnership, to pursuing a more integrated Middle East, and continuing our dialogue on human rights. And I'm glad to hear your commission. 21

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:07:03-00:07:31 (29 sec)
And I look forward to our conversation. You know, as we were saying walking down the hall, it's hard to believe but it's been 100 years since there's been this strong relationship. 22

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Positive
00:07:31-00:07:32 (1 sec)
Yes. 23

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:32-00:07:57 (24 sec)
So I hope by the end of the commemoration of this year, we can even say we're closer and stronger in every way. 24

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Positive
00:07:57-00:08:01 (4 sec)
Yes. 25

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:08:01-00:08:03 (2 sec)
Thank you for having me. 26

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Very Positive
00:08:03-00:08:05 (2 sec)
Pleasure. Pleasure. 27