Washington Post: Trump's congratulations to Sissi is a support to Egypt
Tuesday 03/April/2018 - 11:03 AM
“Washington Post” newspaper- By Seung Min Kim:
President Trump congratulated Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi on his landslide reelection victory، the White House said Monday. The statement is another signal of the Trump administration’s stated goal to improve relations with Egypt . “The two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt، and noted that they look forward to advancing this partnership and addressing common challenges،” the White House said Monday in a statement. .
Sissi won with more than 97 percent of the vote in an election that drew about 41 percent turnout، according to the Associated Press. The vote was held from March 26 to 28.
Trump has previously stressed his desire for close relations with the Egyptian leader، welcoming Sissi to the White House last April and praising his leadership during the Oval Office meeting as a “fantastic job in a very difficult situation.” “I just want to let everybody know، in case there was any doubt، that we are very much behind President al-Sissi،” Trump said during last April’s meeting، adding: “We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt.... We have strong backing.”
Since then، Trump and Sissi have communicated on a range of security and economic matters. Last month، the two leaders discussed the crisis in Syria، as well as what the White House called “Russia and Iran’s irresponsible support of the Assad regime’s brutal attacks against innocent civilians.”