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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's meeting with Egypt's president was an attempt to 'reboot' the countries' ties


UPDATE 3:43 p.m. EST:  Trump commemorated the meeting on Twitter.

President Donald Trump welcomed Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to the White House Monday to discuss how the two countries can work together in the fight against Islamic extremism.

This was el-Sisi's first time visiting the White House since he overthrew his predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, in July 2013, according to the BBC.

Trump's meeting with Egypt's president was an attempt to 'reboot' the countries' ties

WATCH  | Trump's meeting with Egypt's president was an attempt to 'reboot' the countries' ties

Human Rights Watch notes that el-Sisi "oversaw the brutal dispersal of opposition protests that left more than 1,150 people dead," in the week's following Morsi's removal. The organization added that el-Sisi has committed "flagrant rights abuses, including torture, enforced disappearances, and likely extrajudicial executions." 

The Obama administration repeatedly rebuked el-Sisi's government over its human rights record. U.S. military aid to the country was briefly suspended under Obama as well, according to ABC News.

During his meeting with el-Sisi, Trump said the Egyptian leader has done a "fantastic job" and further declared his support for the country.

"We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt," Trump said from the Oval Office. "I look forward to a very long and strong relationship."

The Egyptian president responded, praising Trump.

"I've had a deep appreciation and admiration of your unique personality, especially as you are standing very strong in counter-terrorism field," el-Sisi said of Trump. 

"You will find Egypt and myself always behind you in this -- in bringing about an effective strategy in counter-terrorism," el-Sisi added. "I'm quite confident you will be able to bring a solution to this issue."

Trump has repeatedly referred to Egypt as an important ally in the fight against extremists.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi


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