Egypt and the United States will fight terrorism together and will be friends for a long time, said U.S. President Donald Trump.
In the bilateral meeting, Trump said he has felt close to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi since their first meeting before the U.S. presidential elections.
Trump praised what he called the great work of Sisi under difficult circumstances.
“We stand behind Sisi,” said Trump and announced the strengthening of military cooperation with Egypt.
Sisi said he highly appreciates the unique personality of the U.S. president, stressing Egypt’s determination to combat terrorism.
Hundreds of Egyptians from various parts of the United States came together for a demonstration of support and love for Sisi in front of the White House in Washington, coinciding with the Egyptian-American summit between the two presidents.
They raised Egyptian flags and photos of both presidents and chanted for unity between Muslims and Christians. They also sung national songs and raised banners against terrorism.
The White House held on Monday an Egyptian-American summit between Presidents Sisi and Trump to mark the first visit of an Egyptian president to Washington since 2009.
The two leaders discussed various issues and situations in the Middle East, namely combating terrorism and the need for sustainable development in African countries to be able to fight poverty, ignorance, and disease.
They also discussed the situation in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Palestine and reviewed Egypt’s ability to control matters in these countries.
Sisi briefed Trump on the development of the political and economic situation in Egypt over the past three years.
He briefed him on a number of huge national projects implemented by Egypt during the past two years and the economic reforms that he has undertaken to boost investment.
Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm