News Trump due on Egypt visit to mend soured ties under Obama

Trump due on Egypt visit to mend soured ties under Obama

Cairo, May 21 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Sunday said he will visit Egypt soon at an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to mend ties soured under the previous US administration.

“I will get to Egypt. We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon,” Trump said in a statement following his meeting with the Egyptian President in Riyadh, MENA reported.

Sisi had “done a tremendous job under trying circumstance”, Trump added.

The Trump-Sisi meeting was held on the sidelines of the Arab-Islamic-US summit.

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

Obama did not invite Sisi for a visit and even temporarily suspended US aid to the Arab country citing US concerns about the human rights situation in Egypt.

The ties, however, have improved under the new US administration of President Trump, who pledged to support the key US ally with $1.3 billion annually in military aid.

Sisi paid his first official visit to the US and met Trump at the White House in early April.

–IANS
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