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Trump to host Egypt's al-Sisi at the White House on April 9

US President Donald Trump will host his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the White House on April 9, according to a statement from the administration. The White House statement noted "Egypt's long-standing role as a lynchpin of regional stability" and said the two leaders would discuss their "strategic partnership" including on areas such as their military, economic, and counterterrorism cooperation. Egypt's president, a former general who seized power in 2013, often faces criticism from human rights groups over repression at home.

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Egypt President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi next month at the White House.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says in a statement released Friday the leaders on April 9 will discuss bilateral concerns, including conflicts in the region and military, economic and counterterrorism issues.

Egypt under the ex-general has rolled back many freedoms won by the 2011 uprising in the country. El-Sissi has silenced most dissenting voices in the media and restricted civil society groups.

El-Sissi led the military overthrow of Mohammed Morsi, an elected but divisive Islamist whose rule inspired protests. El-Sissi was elected president in 2014 and re-elected to another four-year term last year after challengers were arrested or pressured to withdraw.

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