Al Sisi White House Visit: Egypt-US Relations "Never Been Better"

Banners supporting proposed amendments to the Egyptian constitution hang in Tahrir Square Cairo Egypt Tuesday

Banners supporting proposed amendments to the Egyptian constitution hang in Tahrir Square Cairo Egypt Tuesday

"It seems by coming to Washington at this key moment, Sisi is looking for support for these amendments - either explicit or implicit".

Tuesday's meeting will be the sixth between both presidents and Sisi's second visit to the White House.

The US president made the comments during his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's recent visit to the White House, where the two focused on bilateral security and trade.

The senators asked Pompeo to request that Sisi "reevaluate these decisions, which risk making his country a Russian dependency once again". Sisi won 97 percent of the vote.

America and Egypt continue to work together to promote fair trade and increased investment by addressing market access, standards, labor, and intellectual property protection issues.

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Egypt is one of the biggest U.S. strategic partners - an Arab country that made peace with top United States ally Israel 40 years ago and a major recipient of USA aid.

Raising their concerns over what they described as the "the erosion of political and human rights" in Egypt the Senators encouraged Pompeo to demand the release of more than a dozen Americans. But they warn that the consolidation of power presents a greater long-term risk for chaos.

El-Sissi led the 2013 military overthrow of elected but divisive Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Trump said relations between the two nations was at an all-time high. Trump and Sisi also "discussed water issues, which are critically important for the U.S. and Egypt", the statement said, noting "these complex issues must be addressed through negotiations and with respect for worldwide best practices".

The fact sheet also praised Egypt's mediating role in the Middle East in cooperation with the US. Egypt has offered Corley $140,000 in damages, which is less than the cost of her medical evacuation from the country, let alone the 10 surgeries she's since required. "We have never had a better relationship between Egypt and United States than we do right now". Indeed, al-Sisi's first visit to Washington, in April 2017, came shortly before parliament passed a draconian law that effectively criminalized non-governmental organizations.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the top of the meeting, did not mention human rights as a topic for discussion despite concerns from some advocacy groups that Egypt is stifling dissent before a planned constitutional referendum that would potentially allow el-Sissi to remain in power until 2034.

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