Al-Sisi, Trump to meet on side­lines of Arab-Is­lamic-Amer­i­can sum­mit

The pres­i­dents had pre­vi­ously met a month ago in Wash­ing­ton

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Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi re­ceived a phone call from US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Monday dur­ing which they agreed on meet­ing dur­ing the Arab-Is­lamic-Amer­i­can sum­mit in Riyadh on 21 May, ac­cord­ing to a pres­i­dency state­ment.

Dur­ing the phone call,Trump said that he is look­ing for­ward to meet Al-Sisi dur­ing the con­fer­ence and ex­change views on the sum­mit.

Trump ex­pressed his in­ten­tion to visit Egypt at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss ways of fight­ing ter­ror­ism in the Mid­dle East. How­ever, he did not men­tion a cer­tain time for his visit to Egypt and did not clar­ify if he would at­tend a separate meet­ing with Al-Sisi on the side­lines of the sum­mit.

Al-Sisi wel­comed Trump’s de­sire to visit Egypt, as he has pre­vi­ously in­vited him dur­ing pre­vi­ous meet­ings and calls.

The two lead­ers fur­ther stressed on strate­gic re­la­tions be­tween Egypt and the United States, as well as their keen­ness to fur­ther de­velop the part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries in all fields.

Trump praised Egypt’s piv­otal role in the Mid­dle East and its ef­forts to counter ter­ror­ism and re­in­force sta­bil­ity in the re­gion. He also stressed the need to con­tinue in­ten­sive co­or­di­na­tion and con­sul­ta­tion be­tween the two coun­tries on all is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est.

Mean­while,Al-Sisi as­serted Egypt’s com­mit­ment to con­tinue to strengthen re­la­tions be­tween Egypt and the US and con­firmed that he looks for­ward to meet­ing with Trump dur­ing the sum­mit.

The US pres­i­dent is set to start his first for­eign tour since his in­au­gu­ra­tion in Jan­uary. It will start with the Kingdom of Saudi Ara­bia, then mov­ing to Is­rael andVat­i­can City,and con­clud­ing the trip with a visit to Bel­gium.

Two days ago, the King of Saudi Ara­bia, Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud, in­vited Al-Sisi to par­tic­i­pate in the sum­mit.Al-Sisi headed to the kingdom a few weeks ago dur­ing a Gulf tour to im­prove bi­lat­eral re­la­tions that had been strained for about a year.

Al-Sisi met Trump a month ago on his of­fi­cial visit to Wash­ing­ton, in which the US pres­i­dent as­serted that he is a great friend and ally to Al-Sisi.

This wasAl-Sisi’s first visit to theWhite House, as there had been ten­sions be­tween the two coun­tries dur­ing for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ten­ure,due to the lat­ter’s crit­i­cal stance re­gard­ing the ouster of elected brother­hood-af­fil­i­ated pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi and his criticism of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions.

Al-Sisi and Trump dur­ing a bi­lat­eral meet­ing in Wash­ing­ton last April

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