Donald Trump wants to revive US relations with Egypt

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the Plaza Hotel on September 19, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is to visit the White House for the first time since he led the military’s overthrow of his predecessor in 2013, BBC said.

Egypt has long been a staunch US ally, but ties were strained by Mr Sisi’s decision to launch a crackdown on his Islamist and secular opponents, the BBC reported.

The Obama administration froze military aid for 18 months in response.

President Donald Trump now wants to “reboot” the two countries’ bilateral relationship, US officials say, according to the BBC.

He also wants to “build on the strong connection” established with Mr Sisi when they met in New York in September during the US election campaign, BBC indicated.

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