Trump announces Egypt visit 'soon', as Sisi woos president

"I will get to Egypt".

"He's done a fantastic job in a very hard situation", Trump said at the time, referring to Sisi, who led a coup three years ago to depose Egypt's first freely elected president and faces criticism over alleged human rights abuses.

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he hoped to visit Cairo soon, praising President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after a meeting in Saudi Arabia and declaring that "safety seems to be very strong" in Egypt.

Trump met today with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt to build on their recent engagements and continue efforts to strengthen the United States-Egypt strategic partnership.

It's unclear the exact shoes the Egyptian President was wearing, but they appeared to be black boots, similar to those Trump was wearing, but shinier. Sisi led the toppling of Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. Trump is also calling el-Sissi his "friend" and praising him for the release of USA aid worker Aya Hijazi, who had been held captive for three years. Th.

Last month, Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency after two church bombings claimed by Islamic State killed more than 45 people.

Last month, Trump set aside Sisi's poor human rights record to welcome him to the White House, showering the Egyptian strongman with praise.

The Arab state had its 1-billion-dollar-plus military aid from Washington suspended for some time under the previous USA administration over the strong-arm tactics.

Trump thanked Sisi for his help with the release of Egyptian-American charity worker Aya Hijazi last month.

  • Leroy Wright