Egypt's Sisi receives US first lady Melania Trump at Ittihadiya palace
Marina Barsoum, , Saturday 6 Oct 2018

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi welcomed on Saturday US’s First Lady Melania Trump at Ittihadiya Presidential Palace, as she embarks on her first visit to Egypt as part of her Africa tour.

In an official statement, Egyptian Presidency Spokesman Bassam Rady said El-Sisi expressed to Mrs Trump Egypt’s keeness on boosting and supporting the special strategic partnership between the two countries.

The meeting was attended by the President's spouse, Entissar Amer El-Sisi, who had welcomed Mrs Trump at Cairo International Airport earlier today.

Mrs Trump praised the reception and hospitality she has recieved in Egypt, expressing her appreciation and admiration of ancient Egyptian heritage and her respect for the friendship between the two nations.

She also expressed her keeness on working on boosting cooperation across social domains, as an extension of the fruitful partnership between the two countries.


The president discussed with Mrs Trump the government's efforts in developing the health, education, and tourism sectors, as well as paying attention to boosting women’s roles in the community and protecting children’s rights.

El-Sisi praised bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially through the role of USAID in funding projects in the sectors of health, education and tourism in support of Egypt’s efforts toward economic and social reform to accomplish sustainable and comprehensive development.


Before arriving in Egypt, Mrs Trump traveled to Kenya, Malawi and Ghana where she focused on promoting her signature issue of advocating for children with stops at a hospital, primary school, and an orphanage, Reuters reported.

The US first lady tour to Africa has been part of her BE BEST initiative which focuses on improving the lives of children.

BE BEST is a public awareness campaign promoted by Melania Trump, focusing on well-being for youth and advocating against cyberbullying and drug use, according to the BE BEST website.

"The mission of BE BEST is to focus on some of the major issues facing children today, with the goal of encouraging children to BE BEST in their individual paths, while also teaching them the importance of social, emotional, and physical health. BE BEST will concentrate on three main pillars: well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse."

The US first lady is expected to launch her initiative in Egypt in partnership with the USAID, according to Ahram Arabic news website.