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Egyptian president's Spain trip angers human rights groups

Spain's King Felipe VI (right) and his wife Queen Letizia with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Royal palace in Madrid on April 30, 2015Rights groups slammed an official visit to Spain on Thursday by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying he should be shunned for his authoritarian rule rather than courted for business deals. Spain’s King Felipe VI hosted the Egyptian leader to lunch at the royal palace after interior ministers from both nations signed an agreement to boost cooperation against illegal immigration, terrorism and organised crime. The visit, the first by an Egyptian head of state to Spain since 2006, comes amid mounting concern in the West over unrest in the Middle East with conflicts raging in Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Spain’s economy ministry said it had agreed to cooperate with Egypt on a possible high-speed rail link between Cairo and Luxor.

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