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Sisi to meet Trump in New York on Monday

Ahram Online, Monday 24 Sep 2018
File photo: US President Donald Trump listens while Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi makes a statement for the press before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly September 20, 2017 in New York City (Photo: AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to meet his American counterpart Donald Trump on Monday in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

This will be the first meeting between both leaders since Sisi won a second term unopposed in Egyptian presidential elections earlier this year. However, this is the fifth meeting between the two presidents since both presidents took office. 

The last meeting between Sisi and Trump took place in September 2017, when the Egyptian leader was attending the 72nd session of the UNGA.

During the summit, the two presidents are expected to discuss means of enhancing strategic relations between the two countries in various fields.

It is expected that the two leaders will discuss and exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern, especially on the Palestinian cause.

The discussions will aim at reaching a comprehensive political settlement, which would be based on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, in accordance with international legitimacy.

Trump and El-Sisi are also expected to discuss the security related issues in the Middle East as well as the latest developments in a number of regional issues such as the crises in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

Egypt's efforts in combating terrorism and the efforts of Egyptian religious institutions to correct religious discourse will be also discussed during the summit.

On Monday El-Sisi is also expected to participate in the celebration, which will be held on the sidelines of the UN general Assembly, with the centennial of the late African leader Nelson Mandela, for his place and sacrifices as a symbol of the continent's symbols.

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