US committed to its military aid to Egypt, Trump tells Sisi

Mostafa Ali , Monday 23 Jan 2017

Trump and El-Sisi
File Photo: Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in New York, Sept. 19, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

US President Donald Trump discussed on Monday in a phone conversation with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi the war against terrorism and extremism, and applauded El-Sisi's efforts on those fronts, Egyptian presidential spokesman said.

The White House said Trump told El-Sisi his administration is committed to maintaining the US's annual military aid to Egypt.

El-Sisi stressed to Trump Egypt's commitment in the fight against terrorism despite economic burdens the country faced in the past three years.

Meanwhile, Trump reiterated to the Egyptian president his appreciation for the difficulties Egypt endured in the fight against terrorism, and commended El-Sisi on the country's economic reform program.

The two presidents affirmed their belief in the strategic nature of the relationship between Cairo and Washington.

Egypt annually receives $1.3 billion in military aid from the United States.

Trump told El-Sisi he was looking forward to the Egyptian president's visit to Washington, which is in the planning stages, the spokesman said.

Donald Trump assumed office as the 45th president of the United States of America on Friday.

Egypt's president is the second world leader to be called by the newly inaugurated US President after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

El-Sisi was the first Arab leader to congratulate Trump on the phone after he was elected on 9 November, inviting him to visit Cairo.

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