Egypt pulls out all stops for el-Sissi's UN visit

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Seeking to improve the country's image, authorities in Egypt are pulling out all the stops to ensure that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's visit to New York for the U.N. General Assembly is a diplomatic success.

El-Sissi flew to New York on Sunday, and so did some two dozen loyal lawmakers and media figures to express support for the general-turned-president during his four-day stay in New York.

Egypt's Orthodox Coptic Church, a staunch ally of the president, has dispatched senior clerics to urge followers there to rally in support of el-Sissi.

Rights groups and some Western nations have criticized Egypt's human rights record in the three years since el-Sissi led the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the country's first elected leader.