Egypt's president leaves Cairo for Washington to meet Trump

When Sisi meets Trump on Monday during his first state visit to Washington, he will see a counterpart who better appreciates his "mission" to fight rebels and armed groups, without Obama's hand-wringing over human rights.

Trump and Sisi first met in NY back in September, and apparently got on quite well. The Trump administration intends to address human rights issues behind closed doors, the White House official said.

"We believe it's the most effective way to advance those issues to a favourable outcome", the official said.

"He's called for reform and moderation of Islamic discourse, initiated courageous and historic economic reforms, and sought to reestablish Egypt's regional leadership role", said a White House official. They are critical of former president Barack Obama's approach, which frequently imposed human rights conditions on arms sales or other forms of support.

A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the President will reaffirm the United States commitment to Egypt's security and that the USA will "maintain a strong and sufficient level of support to Egypt".

Meanwhile, the U.S. is also considering increasing its support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen.

"The Senate resolution gives appropriate weight to the need for President Sisi's Egypt to put an end to the repressive policies that are denying basic rights and freedoms to the Egyptian people", added Hicks. Making his first official visit to Washington since taking office in 2014.

Jordan's King Abdullah is due to follow later this week.

US-Egypt relationship has been historically driven by security which would remain a key component of bilateral ties, the White House said today ahead of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's visit to America. In Cairo, newspapers have been talking up a budding bromance between the two leaders.

The US, of course, spends massive amounts on military aid to Egypt, despite it being illegal to fund a military junta after a coup.

"[Sisi] took control of Egypt, and he really took control of it", Trump has said.

Tensions were high between al -Sisi and the Obama Administration. In fact, the group will hold a vigil in honor of those imprisoned. So far, however, the state department has thwarted the plan, arguing the group's fragmented structure and political activity would complicate any such designation.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be among the topics discussed, officials said. He was elected president a year later but has ruled with an iron grip. "But that's going to be a discussion that will unfold between us and Egypt".

According to Freedom First, a nonpartisan Human Rights campaign, seven US citizens are now imprisoned in Egypt.

  • Arturo Norris