El-Sisi to explain Egypt's 'real situation' to Obama: Spokesman

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Sep 2014

Presidential spokesman says Egypt's El-Sisi meeting with Obama is a positive step in the relationship between the two nations

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US President Barack Obama addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to discuss the country's "real" situation with US President Barack Obama in New York on Thursday, presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said.

Youssef stated, according to state news agency MENA, that El-Sisi shall "remove ambiguity" and "explain the reality" of what's happening in Egypt after last year's ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

"El-Sisi's meeting with Obama is a positive step from the latter's side. The American President usually does not hold one-on-one meetings during the UN General Assembly sessions," the spokesman added.

Obama and El-Sisi's meeting is scheduled to last an hour.

In his address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, El-Sisi said that the world "has started to grasp reality and understand why Egyptians revolted against the extremism that wanted to break the unity of the nation."

He also said that the government has been working on building "a civil democratic state" since Morsi's ouster, adding that Egypt started a developmental plan that will continue until 2030 and hopes to improve its economy.

Efforts to reconsolidate ties between Egypt and the US have been on the rise recently.

The US announced in April that it had decided to lift its hold on the delivery of the Apache helicopters to Egypt, imposed after Morsi's ouster.

Egypt has also joined a coalition with nine other states to support Washington in its fights against ISIS in the region.

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