Trump praises Sisi, says he hopes to visit Egypt

Trump praises Sisi, says he hopes to visit Egypt

Trump said Sunday he would accept an invitation made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to visit Egypt. Trump said the visit would happen before long.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi take part in a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017.

At the meeting in Riyadh, Trump referred to the case of Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American who was jailed for three years before being released after Trump and Sisi met last month in Washington.

Trump is the midst of his first foreign trip as president, and he will deliver a speech Sunday in Riyadh that's meant to rally Muslim leaders around defeating terrorism.

The comments came after Sisi, through a translator, praised Trump, saying he has a "unique personality" and is "capable of the impossible". Sisi had "done a tremendous job under trying circumstance".


"The visit is evidence of the great respect for the special relation that brings together the two friendly countries which spans over more than eight decades", said the minister.

Trump is also calling Sisi his "friend" and praising him for the release of United States aid worker Aya Hijazi, who had been held captive for three years.

Trump responded "I agree!" drawing chuckles from aides present in the room.

Obama did not invite Sisi for a visit and even temporarily suspended US aid to the Arabic country citing USA concerns about human rights situation in Egypt. President Barack Obama never invited Sisi to the White House.

Since then, Sisi has been slowly moving back into the fold, but a visit from Trump would be a huge boost for the Egyptian president.

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