April 2, 2018 / 6:13 PM / 22 days ago

Trump congratulates Egypt's Sisi in call, affirms strategic partnership

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on his re-election in a phone call on Monday and reaffirmed the U.S. strategic partnership with Egypt, the White House said.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump attends the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Sisi, who had no real opposition, was elected with 97 percent of the vote, official returns showed. The White House said in a statement that Trump congratulated the Egyptian president and “the two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt.”

Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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