Trump has invited Sisi to visit the U.S. in April

US President Donald Trump will host Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for talks in Washington on April 3, a White House official said on Sunday.

Egypt and the United States have been close allies for most of the almost 40 years since Cairo signed a peace treaty with Israel, with Egypt becoming the second largest recipient of USA aid after Israel, with some US$1.3 billion annually in military aid.

Sisi "stressed the importance" of the USA administration's "pivotal role in pushing forward the peace process" to try to find a solution to the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The summit came after US President Donald Trump president waded into the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sending one of his top advisers to the region last week for talks with Abbas, Jordanian King Abdullah II and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The peace process has been deadlocked since April 2014. After the Egyptian Armed forces had ousted President Mohamed Morsi, Obama cut the military aid and describe the ouster as a military coup.

The PA's foreign ministry called the meeting between Sissi and Abbas "a bilateral response to all those who have tried to put into question the deep, strong and lasting historical relationship between the Egyptian Arab Republic and the state of Palestine, or to obfuscate the existing harmony between presidents Sissi and Abbas". President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts in foreign aid could mark the retreat of US support for South Sudan, a nation America enthusiastically helped to create.

"The president committed to continuing military assistance to Egypt and working with Egypt to ensure that assistance most effectively supports the Egyptian military's fight against terrorism", White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said at the time.

  • Leroy Wright