Trump tells Egypt's Sisi keen on developing US-Egypt relations

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August 25, 2017 03:11
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CAIRO - US President Donald Trump called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi late on Thursday and said he was keen on developing the relationship between their countries, and overcoming any obstacles that might affect it, Sisi's office said.

The telephone call came two days after two US sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that Washington had decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because it had failed to make progress on respecting human rights and democracy.

"President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a phone call tonight from US President Donald Trump who affirmed the strength of the friendship between Egypt and the United States and said expressed his keenness on continuing to develop the relationship and overcome any obstacles that might affect it," Sisi's office said in a statement.

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