Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Egypt's president to visit Washington in April

Egypt's president to visit Washington in April

In the first week of April, El-Sisi will meet with US President Donald Trump, his first meeting since Trump's election.

A statement by the presidency said "the Palestinian issue will be discussed" with Trump during Sisi's "visit to Washington early in April". Morsi was and still is Egypt's first and only democratically elected leader.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the Plaza Hotel on September 19, 2016 in NY.

Sisi "stressed the importance" of the U.S. administration's "pivotal role in pushing forward the peace process" to try to find a solution to the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Egypt and the PA have also been at odds over Cairo's warm relations with Abbas's rival Mohammad Dahlan, with whom the PA president has been warring since he expelled Dahlan from the Palestinian territories in 2012. Prior to the inauguration of Trump's administration, Egypt had had strained relations with the USA former administration of Barack Obama.

Trump has cast uncertainty over years of worldwide efforts to foster a two-state solution to the conflict when he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in February.

El-Sisi, who formerly headed the Egyptian military, forced his predecessor from office after one million protesters had taken to the streets demanding his ouster.

Egypt has forged closer ties with Israel since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led the military overthrow of an Islamist president in 2013, and the two cooperate closely on security matters, especially efforts to combat militants in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.

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