President Donald Trump has welcomed his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to the White house as the latter begins a state visit to the U.S.
The Egyptian president arrived in Washington D.C. on Monday morning, and was received by Trump at the presidential residence.
El-Sisi is expected to discuss a range of issues with his host, top of which include military aid for the African country.
Trump sees Egypt as a strong ally from the Arab nations, one that the U.S. should keep close to aid in the fight against Islamist extremism.
President El-Sisi’s visit to the U.S. comes barely three months since Donald Trump took over from Barack Obama, whose administration is said to have had tense relations with Egypt.
Obama is reported to have given his administration the free-will to admonish the Egyptian government over its human rights record.
Apart from never inviting El-Sisi to the White House, Obama also briefly suspended some U.S. military aid to Egypt.