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The German chancellor has urged Egyptian authorities to ease limitations on civil society organizations. She has also pushed for further cooperation on bolstering Egypt's border security after meeting President el-Sissi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said that Cairo agreed to easing restrictions on political foundations after meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi.
"Germany's political foundations are in our opinion a very important contribution to the development of civil society," she said.
Human rights advocates have criticized Cairo for outlawing foreign funding for local organizations and, at times, shuttering non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture.
"Development cooperation is going well, but it can also be fortified with this clarification," Merkel said.
Any revision of laws regulating NGO activities in the country must pass through the parliament, and could face resistance from el-Sissi's supporters.



 

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