Egypt says Trump called al-Sisi ahead of Saudi summit

2017-05-16 17:00
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Cairo - Egypt says US President Donald Trump has called his Egyptian counterpart to express his commitment to further "robust strategic relations" and partnership between the two countries.

The office of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi says Trump also noted in the call on Monday night that he looks forward to meeting al-Sisi during the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Saudi Arabia on May 21.

Al-Sisi echoed the sentiments, inviting Trump to Cairo at the earliest opportunity, an offer that according to the statement, Trump said he would take up.

Trump has hailed al-Sisi as a "fantastic guy," and displayed a striking willingness to embrace autocrats as potential partners in his "America First" agenda, ignoring heavy-handed tactics and repression.

Al-Sisi was the first foreign leader to congratulate Trump on his electoral victory last year.

Read more on:    donald trump  |  abdel fattah al sisi  |  egypt  |  north africa
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