Egypt's El-Sisi visits Trump, vows to work with the US
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 17:30
"You are standing very strong in the counterterrorism field, to counter this evil ideology that is claiming innocent lives, that is bringing devastation to communities and nations, and that is terrorizing innocent people", Sissi said.
It was the first White House visit by an Egyptian leader since former President Barack Obama hosted Hosni Mubarak in 2009, before the upheaval that ousted Mubarak and touched off years of political turmoil that brought the authoritarian former general Sissi to power. The Obama administration, which kept its distance from Sisi, never invited him to Washington.
However, Trump meeting Sisi is being seen as a shift in American foreign policy.
In recent months, USA and Egyptian officials have sought to stress commonalities.
"Together, we will fight terrorism and other things and we're going to be friends for a very, very long time", Trump said, citing a "great bond with the people of Egypt".
President Trump and President Al Sisi affirmed their governments' commitments to following up on President Al Sisi's historic visit and to continue the process of advancing and deepening the United States-Egypt partnership. Sissi was elected to the presidency a year later, in 2014.
Like Trump, el-Sissi believes he can eradicate radical Islamic extremism.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the United States is ready to provide Russian Federation assistance in investigating the St. Petersburg attack if needed. Egypt's ambitious homegrown economic reform plan, backed by a $12 billion agreement with the International Monetary Fund, will help stabilize Egypt's economy and set the foundation for private-sector led growth and prosperity. "Absolutely a awful thing", Trump told reporters who asked about the attack during a roundtable meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the White House.
"President Obama struggled to get one person out - me". "Our approach is to handle these types of sensitive issues in a private, more discreet way", the official said.
On Wednesday, Jordan's King Abdullah will be a guest in the Oval Office.
He demonstrated the importance of this support by addressing the great military potential of the United States, saying that he will raise the U.S. military's capabilities to the highest levels through major deals for aircraft, aircraft carriers and warships.