By Ahram Online
Monday 3 Apr 2017
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2017 (Photo:Reuters)
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with US President Donald Trump on Monday, where the two announced they would be cooperating in the fight against terrorism.
El-Sisi praised Trump’s “unique personality” and stressed Egypt’s support of the US in the fight against terrorism, to which Trump said, “we will do that together.”
“We will become friends for a long time,” the US president added.
Rhetoric from the two leaders since Trump’s election in November has been warm, in contrast with relations under the administration of former US president Barack Obama, which grew strained after the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
The Egyptian president was the first Arab leader to congratulate Trump on the phone after he was elected on 9 November, inviting him to visit Cairo.
In January, Trump said during a phone call with El-Sisi that his administration is committed to maintaining annual military aid to Egypt, praising El-Sisi’s efforts in the war against terrorism and extremism.
This is the first official visit by an Egyptian president to the White House since 2010, when Hosni Mubarak met with Barack Obama.