A number of the Egyptian expatriates in the U.S. gathered in front of the Congress holding flags. April 8, 2019.
CAIRO - 8 April 2019: A number of the Egyptian expatriates in the U.S. gathered on Monday in front of the Congress holding flags to express welcomeness of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi who will start a state visit on Tuesday.
The gathering is aimed at symbolizing the rejection of lobbying attempts made by some to persuade the Congress to turn against Egypt. Egyptian expatriates also wanted to show their opposition to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, classified as a terror group in Egypt, and other suspicious organizations.
Many of the Egyptian expatriates in the U.S. were seen gathering in New York on Sunday, as they reportedly plan to head to Washington to receive the Egyptian president. During his visit, President Sisi will meet with US President Donald Trump in the White House.
The visit comes upon Trump’s invitation to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern, said presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi.
The White House announced in a statement that the meeting comes in light of the continuing cooperation between both countries on economic, military and counter-terrorism levels.
“The two leaders will also discuss developments and shared priorities in the region, including enhancing regional economic integration and addressing ongoing conflicts, as well as Egypt’s longstanding role as a lynchpin of regional stability,” the statement read.
On April 4, Trump’s Advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised Egypt’s reform program on women empowerment, saying on her Twitter account “We encourage and support these reforms, and look forward to working with the Egyptian government to advance these efforts."
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