Last November, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was the first leader of an Arab state to congratulate Donald Trump over the phone for his election as U.S. president. It was a phone call of liberation to express the satisfaction of the Egyptian regime, the result of a 2013 coup against the Islamists. El-Sisi was celebrating the end of the presidency of Barack Obama, who had developed relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, and the victory of the tycoon who proclaims he wants to fight “radical Islamic terrorism” tirelessly.
On Saturday, el-Sisi landed in Washington to establish a new alliance between Egypt and the United States. In January, the White House confirmed its commitment to maintain the military and economic aid to Egypt (more than $2 billion per year) provided for in the 1979 Camp David agreements. It is the first official visit by an Egyptian president to the White House since 2010, when Hosni Mubarak met Obama on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
El-Sisi will stay in Washington for five days and will meet with Trump on Monday. On Sunday, however, he met with the World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The Egyptian president is also expected participate in a panel discussion with the leaders of major American companies that are investing in Egypt or have announced plans to do.