Cairo – Amr Abdulrahman
The successful visit by Mr. Abdelfattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States of America, received positive and wide-ranging repercussions on all media, political and international levels.
The Egyptian-American summit was held between President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi and his counterpart, President Donald Trump of the United States of America, at the White House in Washington DC.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held on Tuesday summit talks with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in the American capital, Washington, D.C.
President Trump welcomed President El Sisi, reiterating his appreciation of the Egyptian President. The U.S. President stressed the American administration’s commitment to reinvigorating frameworks of cooperation between the two countries. He also confirmed the administration’s keenness on strengthening the ongoing coordination and strategic consultations between Egypt and the U.S. and on further advancing them in the coming period, given Egypt’s pivotal role in the Middle East as a cornerstone for preserving peace and security for all peoples in the region.
President El Sisi thanked President Trump for inviting him to visit Washington D.C., confirming that Egypt values its strategic relations with the U.S., which is based on mutual respect and fruitful cooperation for the benefit of the Egyptian and American peoples. President El Sisi asserted that strengthening cooperation and coordination between the two countries in the coming period shall realize their common interests and contribute to supporting efforts exerted to reinforce security and stability in the Middle East, in light of the current unprecedented tension and turmoil in the region.
The summit talks focused on aspects of cooperation between Egypt and the U.S., notably their economic relations. The two Presidents discussed ways to boost investments of American companies in Egypt, particularly in light of the progress achieved in the implementation of the comprehensive economic reform program and in creating a conducive legislative and institutional structure to attract more foreign investment to Egypt. President Trump lauded these measures as well as the successful steps undertaken to reform the Egyptian economy and increase its competitiveness. He highlighted his country’s interest to increase trade between the two countries and boost joint investments.
The meeting also tackled the fight against terrorism. President Trump commended Egypt’s successful efforts to vigorously and courageously counter terrorism, which is the biggest threat to the stability of the Middle East and the world and which poses formidable danger to international peace and security. The American President reiterated that Egypt is a key partner in the war on terrorism, and expressed his country’s full support for Egypt’s efforts in this regard. President Trump was keen on conveying the U.S. and all its institutions’ gratitude to President El Sisi for his efforts in the area of religious tolerance and freedom of worship in Egypt.
President El Sisi underlined the need to further advance cooperation between Egypt and the U.S. so as to undermine the threat of terrorist organizations and prevent them from receiving support either through funding, weapons, or recruiting more individuals. President El Sisi reviewed Egypt’s military, security, developmental, and intellectual efforts to root-out the phenomenon of terrorism and extremist ideology, asserting the need for concerted efforts by the international community to address the proliferation of this phenomenon.
The summit meeting also discussed the issue of the Renaissance Dam. President El Sisi tackled the negotiations underway between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, and confirmed the importance of reaching consensus on the method of filling and operating the dam in a way that shall preserve the water rights of the Egyptian people, respect the rules of international law and achieve the interests of the three countries.
During their summit talks, President El Sisi and President Trump exchanged views on all regional and international issues of mutual concern. President El Sisi affirmed that the situation in the Middle East requires profound understanding of the fact that the weakness of national state institutions only serves the spread of terrorism and the expansion of its threat. President El Sisi underlined Egypt’s firm vision in this regard which is based on promoting consensual political solutions, supporting national institutions and preserving the states’ resources and territorial integrity.
President El Sisi underscored the importance of reaching a just and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue, so as to achieve peace based on the resolutions of international legitimacy, the Arab peace imitative and the establishment of a Palestinian State along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.