January 19, 2020 / 2:20 PM / a month ago

Pompeo expresses outrage to Sisi over death of U.S. citizen

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces new sanctions on Iran in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed outrage during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over the “pointless and tragic death” of detained U.S. citizen Moustafa Kassem in Egypt, a U.S. official said on Sunday.

The United States on Monday confirmed the death of Egyptian-American Kassem in a prison in Egypt, where he had been in custody since 2013, and vowed to continue to raise concerns over Cairo’s human rights record.

A Egyptian presidency statement on the meeting made no mention of Kassem’s case.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by David Goodman

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