Democratic candidate Joe Biden issued a stern warning to the Egyptian regime, stressing that his repeated violations of human rights will not be matched by his administration ignoring and silence as the administration of Republican President Donald Trump does.
Biden - whose opinion polls give him a big lead over President Trump - tweeted on Sunday evening, saying, "Finally, Mohamed Amasha returned to his homeland after 486 days in the Egyptian prison for carrying a sign of protest. The arrest, torture and exile of activists such as Sarah Hijazi and Muhammad Sultan or threatening their families is not acceptable." No more blank checks for Trump's favorite dictator. "
Biden's sharp tweet came in her language and nature, on the occasion of the return of the American citizen of Egyptian origin, Mohamed Amasha, to Dallas Airport, Virginia, after his arrest for more than a year in Cairo, because of carrying a sign in Tahrir Square that read "Freedom for all prisoners," according to a statement from the Mubadara Foundation. Freedom in Washington.
Mohamed Amashah is finally home after 486 days in Egyptian prison for holding a protest sign. Arresting, torturing, and exiling activists like Sarah Hegazy and Mohamed Soltan or threatening their families is unacceptable. No more blank checks for Trump's "favorite dictator." https://t.co/RtZkbGh6ik
- Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 12, 2020
Condemnation and positions
Biden has not known about specific attitudes toward the Egyptian issue in recent years, except that he may have tweeted on the Twitter platform 6 months ago, Biden wrote in mid-January, commenting on the death of Mustafa Qasim, an American citizen of Egyptian origin, while imprisoned inside Egypt.
With this tweet, Biden indicated early on the conformity of his positions with the positions of the traditional Democratic Party, especially those followed by the administration of President Barack Obama between 2008 and 2016.
"I am in solidarity with the family of Mustafa Qassem, and I pray for her at this difficult time. Americans who are being unjustly detained anywhere in the world deserve the full support of our government and make persistent efforts to ensure their release," Biden wrote.
Amy Hawthorne, director of research for the Middle East Democracy Project, believes - in an interview with Al Jazeera Net - that Biden's significance from his commentary on political situations and repeated human rights violations in Egypt is that he aims to "distinguish Biden's positions from Trump's positions in foreign policy."
On the other hand, Anthony Blinken, Biden’s campaign advisor for foreign policy - promised during a video conversation with Arab American community activists - the Biden administration’s commitment to democratic principles and human rights in its dealings with Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
"Trump is doing a lot to undermine our moral standing globally and our ability to lead, and let us remember that he calls Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the nickname: my favorite dictator," Blinken said.
Blinken, who previously served as deputy national security adviser to the Barack Obama administration, pledged that "US relations with Saudi Arabia and Egypt under Biden will look very different from what they are now."
Message and meaning
The significance and content of Biden's message can be understood by looking at the assistant team and the candidate for managing foreign policy files and the Middle East issues in the circle surrounding it, a circle that is not entirely out of people who previously worked in the Obama administration and Biden knows them well by virtue of his previous position as vice president.
The old age of candidate Biden (77 years old) leads to high estimates of his lack of management of foreign affairs, and granting more powers to his aides.
The Democratic Party has witnessed during the past few years a strong upward growth of a leftist progressive current, demanding a break with the past of traditional foreign policy in the Middle East, especially towards Washington's traditional allies in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Defense and security
In an interview with Al Jazeera Net, the researcher at the Wilson Institute in Washington, Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo Amy Austin Holmes, noted that "if the next American president really defends human rights and stands up to tyrants, we will all be safer, not just those who are In prison, they did nothing but exercise their right to freedom of expression.
Biden explained, "There will be no more white checks signed by Sisi, and this is the kind of initial leadership we need now more than ever."
It is worth noting that Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo commented on the release of Mohamed Amasha a few days ago, by thanking and blaming - at the same time - the Egyptian regime.
"We thank Egypt for ensuring his release and repatriation, and at the same time we call on Egyptian officials to desist from the arbitrary harassment of American citizens and their families," Pompeo told a news conference in Washington.