FILE- President al-Sisi and Trump
CAIRO – 8 April 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will hold with US President Donald Trump the sixth summit on Tuesday, as he heads to the United States, the second leg in his overseas tour.
The visit is part of a series of meetings between both leaders aiming to enhance bilateral relations in a way to achieve strategic interests and continue the dialogue on regional issues, according to Presidency Spokesperson Bassam Rady.
Sisi is expected to arrive in Washington D.C. on Monday coming from Guinea, the first foreign destination in his tour, which also includes Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. He is expected to hold talks with leaders of the three African countries on boosting bilateral relations and pushing forward development process in the African continent.
Timeline of Sisi’s visits to the United States:
September 2014: First visit
The first visit took place three months after Sisi assumed his position as the president of Egypt. He then participated in the 69th Summit of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, where he gave an official speech.
The visit was ahead of Trump’s election to US presidency.
September 2015: Second visit
The second visit by President Sisi to the United States came during his participation in the 70th Summit of the United Nations General Assembly.
September 2016: Third visit
During the third visit, President Sisi headed to the United States to take part in the 71st Summit of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. He participated in summits and meetings concerning climate change, peace in Africa and refugees.
April 2017: Fourth visit
This is was the first time President Sisi visits Washington D.C. after he assumed post, where he held an Egyptian-American summit at the White House with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.
September 2017: Fifth visit
Both presidents Sisi and Trump met in New York City on the sidelines of the 72nd Summit of the United Nations General Assembly, where they discussed several regional and international issues, including ways of reviving the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis.
September 2018: Sixth visit
This visit has witnessed the fifth summit between both leaders on the sidelines of the 73rd Summit of the United Nations General Assembly. Bilateral discussions tackled the situation in Libya, Syria and Yemen, in addition to the Palestinian cause.