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Egypt says Trump to visit Cairo at earliest opportunity
May 15, 2017 / 10:23 PM / 6 months ago

Egypt says Trump to visit Cairo at earliest opportunity

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump had told President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a phone call that he wanted to visit Cairo at the earliest opportunity to discuss ways to “counter terrorism in the Middle East.”

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to questions from the media in the Oval Office during a meeting with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A statement from the Egyptian presidency said Trump had called Sisi to stress the importance of strategic relations between their two countries.

There was no indication of when Trump might visit Egypt. Sisi went to Washington last month for talks with Trump intended to reset relations that had become strained under President Barack Obama.

Egypt has long been one of Washington’s closest allies in the Middle East, receiving $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid annually. It is fighting an Islamist insurgency in Sinai in which hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police have been killed.

Trump is making his first international trip as president this month and Sisi is expected to be among regional leaders who will meet him in Saudi Arabia during the weekend. Trump is also expected to visit Israel.

Reporting by Ali Abdelatti and Arwa Gaballa; writing by Giles Elgood; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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