Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Egypt's Sisi, meeting Jewish leaders, is optimistic on Israeli-Arab peace

Egypt's Sisi, meeting Jewish leaders, is optimistic on Israeli-Arab peace

On Monday, President Trump met with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, a military general-turned-dictator.

The main reason I say that USA policies towards Egypt have been a failure and counter-productive is that Egypt's trajectory is likely to fuel new episodes of extremism, instability, and political violence, which already see homegrown extremist forces link up with partners in terror and crime across the region, such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS).

El-Sisi's warm White House reception was in stark contrast to the frosty relationship he had with former President Barack Obama.

A warming of relations between the two countries is expected, with Al-Sisi positioning himself as an Arab leader committed to the fight against jihadi terrorism in the region. "Absolutely, a awful thing", Trump said when asked by journalists to comment on the St. Petersburg blast.

During their meeting, the spokesman said, the two leaders discussed a range of Middle East security issues and expressed their desire to cooperate on counterterrorism and regional challenges.

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"There is a true understanding of realities in the region", Sisi told Fox News in an interview, following his meeting with Trump in Washington earlier this week. Ties between USA and Egypt worsened when the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama suspended the annual 1.3-billion-dollar military aid to Egypt following the military removal of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and later a heavy crackdown on his loyalists and now-blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group.

Human rights groups have estimated that Sisi's government has detained at least 40,000 political prisoners. "And I just want to say to you, Mr. President, that you have a great friend and ally in the United States, and in me". We respect all citizens, whether Egyptian or Egyptians with American citizenship.

"We recognise the sacrifices made and the difficulties faced by many Egyptian citizens, especially due to high inflation", said a statement by the International Monetary Fund chief.

"And there is seriousness and responsible actions in facing extremism and terrorism in the region", Sisi said.

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