Trump announces plans to soon visit Egypt

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RIYADH: Awwad Al-Awwad, minister of culture and information, said that more than 500 journalists from around the world would cover the visit of US President Donald Trump.

"We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon", Trump said at the beginning of bilateral talks with Sisi.

President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The exchange wasn't observed by video cameras in the room, but was captured in an audio recording.

Trump has said little publicly about human rights under Sisi, but White House aides say behind-the-scenes talks have yielded results better than those achieved by Obama.

The ties, however, have improved under the new United States administration of President Trump, who pledged to support the key USA ally with $1.3 billion annually in military aid.

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Trump said that "safety seems to be very strong" in Egypt, which has seen deadly bombings and attacks on Christian Copts and security forces in past months.

Trump smiled and said, "I agree", prompting laughter from those assembled.

Trump on Sunday added that the American people "appreciated" the release last month of Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker who spent three years in a Cairo prison.

Egypt is also keen to have Western companies invest in the country, to prop up it dire economy.

Reversing the stance of his predecessor President Obama, Trump had given Sisi a warm welcome at the White House in April, one of a series of friendly overtures to strongman-style leaders.

Sisi invited Trump, who repeatedly addressed him as "General", to visit Egypt. Trump accepted, saying he would come soon.