Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Egypt's Sisi directs ministers to cut public debt, budget deficit - Politics - Egypt

Egypt's Sisi directs ministers to cut public debt, budget deficit - Politics - Egypt

El-Sisi was also asked about the accuracy of Human Rights Watch's estimate that 60,000 political prisoners are being held in his country.

Nevertheless, CBS said, the full interview will be shown on Sunday at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, "60 Minutes" conducted an interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that they say the Egyptian government asked them not run.

Egypt has been fighting an insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula for several years, battling an estimated 1,000 Islamic State-affiliated terrorists that Cairo has allowed the Israelis to attack by air. "We tried every peaceful means to disburse them", he said, claiming more than a dozen guns were found at the protest camp.

Toppled in 2011 after mass protests against his almost 30-year-rule, Mubarak took the witness stand in a Cairo court to testify about jailbreaks allegedly orchestrated by Morsi and other members of his Muslim Brotherhood group during the uprising. "We are trying to stand against extremists who impose their ideology on the people". Pelley pressed, citing Human Rights Watch figures reporting that 60,000 political prisoners were now being held in Egypt.El-Sisi responded again, without emotion, denying the figure and saying he had no idea where the number was coming from.Reps for el-Sisi at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap about the "60 Minutes" claim.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in New York, Sept. 18, 2017. He did not know where the Numbers from Human Rights Watch came, he said. "We have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis", according to the CBS website.

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Prosecutors say they were sprung from prison with the help of the Palestinian group Hamas and operatives from Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.

However, Egypt's military insisted at the time that only Egyptian security forces were confronting militants in the region and warned local media not to report "unreliable information".

CBS did not elaborate further in its press release on the specifics of its contact with the ambassador.

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