El-Sisi visits with Trump, Abdullah may renew Middle East peace process

By AT editor - 4 April 2017 at 6:46 am
El-Sisi visits with Trump, Abdullah may renew Middle East peace process

The Egyptian president continues his official visit in Washington D.C., with a planned meeting between Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Jordanian leader King Abdullah II on Tuesday, the Middle East News Agency reports. Abdullah plans to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Israeli media outlets say that Egypt and Jordan are set to present a new peace plan for Israel and the Palestinian Territories based on a two-state solution, and are hoping to renew negotiations.

Abdullah and El-Sisi met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan during the Arab League Summit last week, and it is believed Trump is expected to meet with Abbas in Washington later this month.

El-Sisi met with Trump Monday, the first such meeting between leaders of the two nations since before the removal of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Trump and El-Sisi, whose public communications have been cordial and signal improved relationships between the two governments, discussed their mutual commitment in the fight against terrorism.

The Egyptian leader also focused on the economy during their two-hour meeting.

Trump praised El-Sisi’s leadership will avoiding comment on Egypt’s widely condemned human rights record, which has been a point of contention since Trump’s election and renewed overtures to Cairo.

“Inviting al-Sisi for an official visit to Washington as tens of thousands of Egyptians rot in jail and when torture is again the order of the day is a strange way to build a stable strategic relationship,” observed Sarah Margon, the Washington director at Human Rights Watch.

Image: Spokesman of the Egyptian Presidency

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