UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump will discuss tensions in the Middle East, security, economic reform and human rights in Egypt during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the White House on Tuesday, a senior administration official said.
The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity before the visit, said the two leaders would also discuss the development of civil society in Egypt and the way in which religious minorities, including Christians, were treated in the country.
The Egyptian parliament took action to pave the way for Sisi to remain in power until 2034 through constitutional reforms.
Asked if Trump supported the move, the official said the administration encouraged Egypt to develop democratic institutions while taking into account US security interests.
“The president looks at the relationship with Egypt as it does in all our relations with foreign countries … through the perspective of America first and what serves our interest,” the official said.
Military issues may also be debated on an agenda. Egypt reportedly signed a $ 2 billion deal with Russia to purchase more than 30 Sukhoi-35s, as well as weapons for the fighters.
Asked if the White House would discuss the purchase with the visiting Egyptian president and whether it could lead to US sanctions, the official warned that US law does not give the US president little flexibility on sanctions against those dealing with Russian defense sectors.
“The countries that conclude these deals must know that our options are very limited on what we can do to mitigate,” the official said, noting that the United States had already faced similar situations with China, India and Turkey.
The US Anti-Defendants Act allows US sanctions to impose sanctions on those involved in important transactions with the Russian defense or intelligence sectors. It also deals with sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
“We urge countries that wish to maintain and expand their military relations with the United States to take this legislation seriously,” the official said.
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