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Trump welcomes Egypt’s Sissi to the White House

President Donald Trump is welcoming Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to the White House.

The Egyptian president arrived Monday morning. Trump greeted him with a handshake before the pair headed inside.

Topics el-Sissi may broach with the new president include military aid for the country.

US President Donald Trump (L) greets his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sissi at the White House in Washington, DC, April 3, 2017. (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm)
US President Donald Trump (L) greets his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sissi at the White House in Washington, DC, April 3, 2017. (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm)

Trump has repeatedly mentioned Egypt as one of the Muslim-majority allies that the US should maintain its partnership with, in the fight against extremists like the Islamic State group.

The White House welcome comes after a tense relationship between Egypt’s leader and the previous administration.

Former President Barack Obama never invited el-Sissi to the White House and allowed his administration to repeatedly admonish his government over its human rights record. Obama also briefly suspended some US military aid.

— AP

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