U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on and expressed concern over mass trials and the continued detention of journalists and peaceful activists.
During a telephone call, the White House said, Obama encouraged Sisi to “invest in the political, economic, and social aspirations of the Egyptian people.”
“President Obama also expressed concern about mass trials, the status of NGOs, and the continued imprisonment of journalists and peaceful activists in Egypt,” the statement said.
In early December, an Egyptian court sentenced 188 people to death for the murder of 13 police officers — the latest in a series of mass trials launched by authorities amid a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohammed Mursi.
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