Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has inked a $65K per-month contract to provide government relations and strategic counsel to Egypt, which is headed by president Trump’s “favorite dictator,” Abdel Fatah al Sissi.
President-elect Joe Biden has promised to get tough with Sissi, whom the Washington Post has called “the most repressive ruler in Egypt’s modern history” for his crackdown on independent journalists, political activists and civil society organizations.
Earlier this month, police arrested top members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights after they met with 13 European ambassadors to brief them on human rights conditions. They were charged with supporting terrorism and spreading false news.
In its Nov. 21 editorial, WaPo called for Biden to make Egypt the prime target of his pledge to "revive US support for democracy and human rights around the world."
Former Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), who chaired the foreign affairs committee, and Nadeam Elshami, chief of staff to then-minority leader Nancy Pelosi, head Egypt’s eight-member lobbying team.
Brownstein Hyatt reports to Motaz Zahran, Egypt’s ambassador to the US.