(Washington, D.C.) — Several weeks ago on this blog, I called on the Trump-Pence administration to urgently begin rebuilding America’s alliance with Egypt.
Today, in my new column in the Jerusalem Post, I make the case that President Trump should immediately send his Secretaries of State and Defense to Cairo, and invite Egyptian President el-Sisi to Washington for high-level meetings.
Here are a few excerpts from the column:
As the Trump administration develops plans to confront Iran, destroy the Islamic State (ISIS) and strengthen US-Israel relations, it’s critical that it also rebuild America’s ties with Egypt, the leader of the Sunni Arab world.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi was often disrespected if not ignored by president Barack Obama. This serious mistake should be promptly corrected.
The American secretaries of state and defense should visit Cairo immediately to map out ways to work together.
President Donald Trump should then invite the Egyptian leader to visit him in Washington soon, following up on successful recent meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah.
Sisi came to power amid the most catastrophic meltdown of Egypt’s social, economic and political order in living memory. He has made mistakes. But he’s making progress, and he needs help.
Here are six big things the Egyptian leader is doing right….
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