In this June 25, 2014, file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi stands at Algiers airport on his arrival to Algiers, Algeria. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)
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Sisi to test 'chemistry' with Trump in DCMaking his first official visit to Washington, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's meeting this week with U.S. President Donald Trump would be a significant step in the international rehabilitation of the general-turned-politician who was kept out of the Obama White House. There has been no official word on the specifics of the wish list Sisi is taking to Washington, but expectations include more military aid, designating Sisi's nemesis – the Muslim Brotherhood – as a terrorist group, and restoring the kind of strategic partnership Egypt enjoyed with the United States for more than 30 years.Obama never invited Sisi to the White House, allowed his administration to repeatedly admonish Sisi's government over its human rights record, and briefly suspended some U.S. military aid, which normally runs at $1.3 billion a year.The same media that vilified Obama hailed Trump as a strong leader who will treat Egypt with respect and appreciated Sisi's leadership.Sisi may find himself pushing back against some of the Middle East policies reportedly being considered by the Trump administration, like creating a military coalition of Sunni Arab U.S. allies against the perceived threat of non-Arab Shiite Iran.Another possible source of differences between Trump and Sisi may be the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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