El-Sisi on How Arab Allies View United States Leadership: "Difficult Question"

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Asked to define the Middle East's relationship with the Obama administration Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said "difficult question." el-Sisi spoke in the Egyptian language for nearly all of the interview with FOX News' Bret Baier but decided to give his "difficult question" response in English after a long pause.

"The suspending of equipment, weapons and arms was a negative indication to the public opinion that the United States is not standing by the Egyptians," el-Sisi also said.

BRET BAIER, SPECIAL REPORT: How do you and how do America's other Arab allies view U.S. leadership in the region now?

[long pause]

ABDEL FATTAH EL-SISI, PRESIDENT OF EGYPT: Difficult question.

BAIER: That got the english response.

EL-SISI: As a matter of fact we have to admit that the region is facing very tough circumstances. Now, being here feels a lot of threats and it's really worked and the public opinion wants to see a big response from capable countries, countries that are able to provide assistance.

For example, the suspending of equipment, weapons and arms was a negative indication to the public opinion that the United States is not standing by the Egyptians. 13 June 2013 until now is a long time now, more than a year and a half now. We thought that the United States would take time to understand what really happened in Egypt but we need really to understand that it was and has been the will of the Egyptians.

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