Egypt rejects U.S. report over human trafficking

11:02, June 17, 2010      

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Egypt rejected on Wednesday a report issued by U.S. Department of State which criticized Cairo over human trafficking.

Hossam Zaki, spokesman of Egypt's Foreign Ministry, said in a statement that his country does not acknowledge the criteria of such reports and disagrees completely with fundamentals that these reports are built on, adding that Egypt does not recognize the idea of classifying certain groups into legal and humanitarian matters of a combined nature.

"Egypt also rejects claims in the report which were not validated," Zaki said.

Zaki said Egypt is not committed to anything in a report issued by quarters unauthorized of doing so, and the source of Egyptian commitments is confined to the international agreements and mechanisms it signed.

Earlier on Monday, U.S. State Department issued the 10th Annual Trafficking in Persons for 2010 covering 177 countries.

According to the report, there are 200 street children in Egypt who are being used sexually and for begging. It also referred to the old rich male Arabs coming to Egypt from the Gulf countries to "buy" underage Egyptian girls to marry them for short time which is known as "summer marriage."

Source: Xinhua


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