Thursday, May 18, 2017

Trump and Al-Sisi meeting again

from Egyptian Streets

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi received a call on Monday from the American President Donald Trump, in which the latter said he is intending to visit Cairo and stressed on the importance of continuous cooperation between the two countries.

According to a statement released by the Egyptian presidency, Trump asserted the strength of strategic relations between the US and Egypt, pointing out the importance of supplementing cooperation fields.

The two presidents are set to meet on 21 May during the Muslim-US Summit that is going to be held in Saudi Arabia’s city of Riyadh. Trump pointed out the forceful role of Egypt in the Middle East region, praising its efforts in combating terrorism.

Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia is his first official visit overseas since he took office as president in January. About 24 Muslim nations will attend the Summit, including Turkey.

However, Iran is not invited. General H.R McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, said in a press briefing that this visit is a step towards a strong partnership with the Muslim world. Following the conclusion of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump will head to Israel, followed by the Vatican.

Trump and Al-Sisi met in Washington in April at the invitation of the first. Bilateral relations between Egypt and the US have started to warm after the inauguration of Trump’s administering following years of tension under the administration of former president Barack Obama.

Obama decided to cut the US military aid to Egypt after the latter’s Amred Forces had dispersed Rabaa sit-in in 2013, resulting in the killing of hundreds of civilians, according to Human Rights Watch. Nonetheless, Obama had to restore the aid due to the growing danger of the Islamic State in the region.

Egyptian Streets also has this report about a Sheik facing trail for calling Christians "infidels". There's no tolerance at the official level for hate preachers, particularly since the ISIS attacks on the country's Christians began last year.

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