Egypt / by Lewis McKinnon

Egypt's National Council for Human Rights denounced the authorities’ failure to change the human rights situation in the country. Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited Israel on 10 July, marking the first Egyptian high-level visit to Israel in nearly a decade. Amnesty International released a report on 13 July that revealed a growing trend of disappearances at the hands of the state. Egypt launched a program to force Muslim clerics to read standardised government-written sermons at Friday prayers. Egypt blocked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) condemnation of the violence and unrest in Turkey. A presidential spokesperson denied a report that an assassination plot against President El-Sisi kept him away from the Arab League summit in Mauritania. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised improved relations with Egypt and its president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Hisham Geneina, Egypt's former top auditor, was sentenced to a year in jail and fined $2,200 on 28 July. A Muslim mob attacked Christian priests on 18 July regarding an issue of religious preference. In response to a request for a multibillion dollar bailout, a delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived in Egypt on 30 July.