Sisi, Trump discuss regional issues in phone call

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a phone call from US President Donald Trump on Thursday evening.

Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady said that the presidents exchanged their views on a number of regional issues of common interest, as well as discussed some bilateral cooperation between Egypt and the US.

Trump stressed the value of the fruitful partnership and constructive cooperation between the US and Egypt, and the central role that the two countries’ mutual understanding has played in promoting security and stability in the Middle East.

Sisi in turn expressed his gratitude and appreciation for President Trump’s efforts and contributions in strengthening the friendship between the two countries, wishing all the best and prosperity to the US.

Sisi also affirmed that Egypt will continue to work to improve strategic relations between the two countries for the benefit of both Americans and Egyptians, within a firm framework of common interest and mutual respect.

Relations between the US and Egypt warmed significantly under the Trump Administration, with Trump repeatedly praising Sisi for Egypt’s progress in recent years.

There has been speculation that a Biden Administration will reflect the Obama era of Egypt-US relations, wherein the US was tough on Egypt in matters of its human rights record.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

PHOTO: US President Donald Trump meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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