Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will make an “official visit” to Washington on April 3, a visit that he use to build on positive momentum for the United States-Egypt relationship, according to the White House.
Sisi’s visit to Washington would be the first to the White House since the former army chief became president in 2014.
His relations with former president Barack Obama’s administration were strained by Sisi’s role in ousting then-president Mohamed Morsi.
In response, the US had briefly suspended $1.3 billion in military aid, which was fully reinstated in 2015.
From the outset, Trump has shown more willingness to engage the former general, despite repeated reports of human rights violations under his rule.
He met the Egyptian leader in September, and Sisi was reportedly the first to call Trump to offer his congratulatory message on his November election win.