Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) looking at U.S. President Donald Trump (R) - AFP/ Brendan Smialowski
CAIRO: 7 April 2017: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi returned to Egypt on Friday, after a six-day official visit to Washington where he met with U.S. President Donald Trump and a number of influential American figures.
Cairo International Airport announced a state of emergency; and more security forces were deployed in preparation for Sisi’s arrival,
During his visit to the White House on Monday, Sisi discussed with Trump the importance of fighting terrorism, the necessity of intensifying military cooperation and other topics of mutual interest.
On the first day of the visit, Sisi
with Jeff Immelt, chairman of the board and CEO of the U.S. based Conglomerate General Electric in Washington, followed by a meeting with Marillyn Hewson, chairwoman of Lockheed Martin. Sisi also met Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, on Sunday.
On Tuesday, Sisi
with members of the Senate and the House of Representatives and he met with heads of think tanks and American Jewish organizations.
The Egyptian President also visited the headquarters of the United States Chamber of Commerce, where he met with Chamber CEO Tom J. Donohue, Chairman of the Egyptian-American Business Council John Christmann and CEOs of 12 of the biggest U.S. companies.
On Wednesday, Sisi visited the headquarters of U.S. Department of Defense (Pentagon) and he met with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Mattis announced he would visit Egypt in the near future to discuss ways of enhancing military cooperation between the two countries.
Egyptian President later met with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who
the Fund is working with Egyptian authorities, to bring inflation under control after recording a 30-year high on the back of implementing economic reforms in November.
In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin on Thursday, President Sisi expressed his appreciation for the America’s position, in support of Egypt during negotiations with the IMF, according to a statement by Egypt’s Presidential office.