Egypt's president to visit Washington in April

20 March, 2017, 20:17 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi in Cairo

A White House official said on Sunday that President Donald Trump will host Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks in Washington on April 3, Reuters reports.

Monday's announcement came as Sisi held talks in Cairo with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who is also due to travel to Washington in early April for talks with Trump, according to a Palestinian official who requested anonymity. The upcoming visit will be the first for Al-Sisi to the USA since he took office in 2014.

Al-Sisi made the assertion at a meeting in Cairo with Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas, during which the two men discussed means of restarting stalled Palestine-Israel peace talks and promoting inter- Palestinian reconciliation.

Al-Sisi was elected in elections he exercised control over a year after leading the military's ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood's President Mohamed Morsi after mass protests.

The bilateral relations between Egypt and the USA have warmed since Trump took office in January.

Egypt has forged closer ties with Israel since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led the military overthrow of an Islamist president in 2013, and the two cooperate closely on security matters, especially efforts to combat militants in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip. Prior to the inauguration of Trump's administration, Egypt had had strained relations with the USA former administration of Barack Obama.

The PA's foreign ministry called the meeting between Sissi and Abbas "a bilateral response to all those who have tried to put into question the deep, strong and lasting historical relationship between the Egyptian Arab Republic and the state of Palestine, or to obfuscate the existing harmony between presidents Sissi and Abbas".

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