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President Admits Journalist Jailings Hurt Egypt's Reputation

"Egypt's president has acknowledged for the first time that the heavy sentences handed down to three al-Jazeera journalists had a 'very negative' impact on his country's reputation, saying he wished they had never been put on trial," the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

"The comments by Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to Egyptian media editors, published late on Sunday, are the first public recognition by Egyptian officials that the case has damaged the country's international relations.

"The sentencing of the Australian reporter Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian acting bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed on 23 June, after a five-month trial described as a 'sham' by rights groups, caused an international outcry.

"'The verdict issued against a number of journalists had very negative consequences, and we had nothing to do with it,' Sisi said, suggesting it had no political element. 'I wished they were deported immediately after their arrest instead of being put on trial.'

"His comments were published in the online version of Al-Masry Al-Youm daily. . . ."

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