Egypt’s Foreign Ministry Praised the White House’s Criticism of Western Media in Covering Terror Attacks

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has praised the White House’s criticism of western media outlets’ alleged disregard to cover 78 terrorist assaults around the world, according to a statement issued by the ministry’s official spokesperson, Ahmed Abu Zeid.

The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson reads,“We praise the stance of US President Donald Trump regarding how western media ignored terror attacks around the world, as well as the White house’s list of 78 terror attacks western media has disregarded—including nine attacks in Egypt.”

Abu Zeid pointed that the White House list and the criticism of Trump towards western media’s biased coverage is consistent with recurring calls from Egypt, stipulating the necessity of adopting a comprehensive strategy by the international community to fight terrorism.

The statement added that this comprehensive strategy should be consistent and unbiased in all of its components, including political and cultural ones, as well as in its security aspect and media coverage.

Moreover, it highlighted the prejudice and selective policy of some western media channels that have been faced by criticism from Trump and said that it was sorrowful that these outlets not only neglected media coverage of some terror attacks, but that they covered them with subjectivity.

The statement also mentioned,“The prejudice of some western media outlets criticized by Trump is not only restricted to ignoring the attacks, but it rather extends to the biased media coverage of these outlets to these assaults.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ statement said that while those media outlets showed sympathy and support to states and communities that have been subjected to terror attacks, they accused Egypt’s regime of security failures in preventing terror attacks that left hundreds dead.

It added, “Egypt faced accusations from western media outlets when it was subjected to terror attacks, such as the Russian airliner crash and the Cairo church bombing, which some media outlets tried to depict as a reflection of Egypt’s negligence in protecting its Coptic citizens.”

Abu Zeid also expressed at the end of the statement, and on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt’s aspiration to witness in the upcoming period a “quantum leap” in the way through which the international community is dealing with terrorism.

The statement also added how Egypt hopes the US every success in pushing the international arena to achieve the required change and revision.

The statement of Egypt’s Foreign Ministry official followed a release by the White House of a list of 78 terror attacks—dating back from September 2014 to December 2016—western media has allegedly ignored.

Signs of harmony and strong alliance between US new administration and al-Sisi regime have been tracked especially that both leaders share common views regarding terrorism.

First of all, Al-Sisi was one of a few world leaders Trump requested to meet when he was a candidate on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September.

Moreover, Trump also expressed to al-Sisi “his strong support for Egypt’s war on terrorism, and how under a Trump administration, the United States of America will be a loyal friend, not simply an ally, that Egypt can count on in the days and years ahead, according to Politico.

Trump also said that if elected president, he will work with Sisi to fight terrorism, describing him in a speech as someone who recognizes that “this ideology of death must be extinguished.”

After the meeting, Trump’s team released an account of his meeting with Sisi that was striking in how much praise the Republican heaped on Egypt.

On the other side, when al-Sisi was asked directly about his opinion on the US elections – during an interview with the CNN after meeting with Trump – and the possibility that Trump would make a strong leader, al-Sisi replied by saying “no doubt”.

Moreover, al-Sisi was among the first World Leader to congratulate Trump to congratulate him on his victory.

In the same context, Sameh Shoukry was the first Arab official to meet US elect official in the new administration which infers how warm will be the relation between both countries.

According to many observers, it seems that Donald Trump administration will take steps in favor of the al-Sisi regime as” the both leaders have many views in common.”

It is known that Trump opposes the attempts of change in the region known as “The Arab Spring”, tends to support stability, and is against any radical changes in the region.

In addition, Trump views the war on terrorism as a top priority for US foreign policy.

During his inauguration on the National Mall in Washington DC as the 45th President of America, Trump declared an immediate policy to unite civilized world “to defeat and destroy ‘terrorism’, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth”.

According to a statement posted on the White House website moments after his inauguration, Trump administration said it would make defeating “radical Islamic terror groups” its top foreign policy goal.

In the statement titled, “America First Foreign Policy”, the Trump administration said, “Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will be our highest priority.”

The new American administration said that in order to “defeat and destroy” ISIS and similar groups, we “will pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations when necessary”, work to cut off funding for armed groups, expand intelligence sharing, and use “cyber-warfare” to disrupt propaganda and recruitment efforts.