US President Donald Trump held talks on Monday with Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Trump gave strong backing to Sisi as he grapples with protests at home, saying the United States and Egypt have a great long-term relationship.
“Everybody has demonstrations. No, I’m not concerned with it. Egypt has a great leader,” he remarked according to Reuters.
He noted that Egypt was mired in chaos before Sisi came to power, but now, not anymore.
Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said that Trump underscored his administration’s keenness on bilateral cooperation between Cairo and Washington and on bolstering and developing the current strategic cooperation between them.
Sisi stressed to Trump Egypt’s keenness on boosting the special relations between their countries.
This partnership plays an important role in bolstering peace and stability in the Middle East, he added.
Discussions focused on countering terrorism with Trump saying that Cairo was a vital partner in the war on terror.
They covered various regional developments, including the situation in Libya, Syria, Yemen and Sudan. They also discussed the Palestinian cause and ways to revive the peace process.