Trump to host Egypt’s Sisi in early April

by WorldTribune Staff, March 20, 2017

Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi will make his first state visit to Washington on April 3.

A White House official confirmed on March 19 that President Donald Trump will host the Egyptian leader, Reuters reported.

President Donald Trump will host Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi on April 3.

Former President Barack Obama had never extended a formal invitation to Sisi, who was elected president in 2014.

After Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the November election, Sisi praised the new president-elect and said he expected greater engagement in the Middle East from his administration.

The two leaders, in a Jan. 23 phone call just days after Trump’s inauguration, discussed ways to boost the fight against terrorism.

Obama and Sisi had strained relations after Sisi ousted then-Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Obama, who had supported the Muslim Brotherhood-aligned Morsi, suspended American military aid to Egypt. He released the aid two years later.

American law forbids sending aid to countries where a democratic government was deposed by a military coup, though Washington has never qualified Morsi’s ouster as a “coup” and had been cautious about doing so, choosing only to condemn the violence in the country.