Trump tells Sisi he hopes to visit Egypt

Lucy Bush
May 22, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he will visit Egypt soon at an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to mend soured ties under former U.S. administration, official MENA news agency reported.

Sisi called the USA president " a unique personality who is capable of the impossible".

The exchange wasn't observed by video cameras in the room, but was captured in an audio recording.

Trump will also participate in the Arab-Islamic-American Summit and will meet with leaders of over 50 Arab and Islamic states to discuss cooperation in confronting extremism and global terrorism.

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The bilateral relations between Egypt and USA worsened during Trump's predecessor Barrack Obama's administration after the Egyptian military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

Egypt has weathered a series of attacks by Islamic State extremists on security forces and Christians, including twin bombings in Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday.

This was not the first time Trump mentioned the possibility of visiting Egypt in the near future.

"Mr. President, let me express our appreciation and respect", a translator said for Sisi. A visit like this would be a huge step in American relations with Egypt. Sisi promised Egyptians economic growth and stability as president, but has so far been unable to achieve either.

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Last month, Trump set aside Sisi's poor human rights record to welcome him to the White House, showering the Egyptian strongman with praise.

Trump arrived in Riyadh on Saturday making Saudi Arabia the first country he visited as the President of the United States.

The meeting symbolised Sisi coming in from the cold, after years of being kept at arm's length by Washington.

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