US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan to meet with Sisi

The United States House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will lead a delegation from the US Congress on a two-day visit to Egypt to meet with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other Egyptian officials, the US embassy announced in a press release on Thursday.

Speaker Ryan and his delegation arrived in Cairo on Thursday morning, according to sources at Cairo International Airport. They plan to meet with President Sisi to discuss shared interests related to security, stability, and the fight against terrorism.

The delegation is also set to meet with Speaker of the Egyptian Parliament, Ali Abdel Aal, to explore opportunities for cooperation between the Egyptian Parliament and the United States House of Representatives, the US embassy added.

The visit is the second of its type this week, with a US Congress delegation led by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham arriving in Cairo on Saturday for a two-day visit. Delegation members met with Sisi as well as defense minister Sedki Sobhi.

President Sisi is "the right man at the right time,” Graham said in a press conference on Sunday.

The comment came amid widespread local and international concern over alleged human rights violations in Egypt.

The human rights situation in Egypt was criticised by the US in a statement last month following a decision by Egypt to reopen investigations into the alleged receipt of illegal foreign funding by non-governmental organizations.

US Secretary of State John Kerry had expressed "deep concern by the deterioration in the human rights situation in Egypt.”

The case dates back to 2011, when Egyptian authorities raided several NGOs and launched an investigation into allegations of receiving foreign funds. Forty-three Egyptians and foreigners were convicted in the case in 2013. At the time Kerry described the case as being "politically motivated".

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