Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is set to visit U.S. President Trump in April over talks which will cover the Israel-Palestine peace process.
A statement from the office of the President confirmed President Sisi’s visit to Washington in April.
President Sisi stressed the importance of the US in the Israel-Palestine peace process which has been ongoing for years in the quest to establish Palestine as a state.
When the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington in February, US President Donald Trump stated that he was not inclined to support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding that he would support a one-state solution if it would result to peace in the region.
The President of Palestine, Mahmud Abbas will also be headed for Washington in April according to an anonymous source, as reported by News24.
This meeting would make it President Sisi’s first trip to the White House since he was elected as President in 2014. Due to the ousting of former President Mohammed Morsi led by al-Sisi himself, Egypt-US relations became strained.
The US suspended its military aid to Egypt in 2014. However, in 2015 it was reinstated. Also, upon becoming President, Trump pledged to foster US-Egypt ties, through a phone call placed in January.
“The president committed to continuing military assistance to Egypt and working with Egypt to ensure that assistance most effectively supports the Egyptian military’s fight against terrorism,” White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said at the time.
On the other hand, the Trump administration is planning to boycott a United Nations Human Rights council meeting which has been set up to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The US cited anti-Israel bias as its reason for avoiding the meeting.
The US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Israel is the “only country permanently on the body’s calendar.”
She said that “other than to vote against the outrageous, one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions,” the US will not discuss the “so-called” item on Israel.
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