Clinton, Trump to both meet with Egyptian
president at U.N.
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[September 19, 2016]
By James Oliphant
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Reuters) - An adviser
to U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign said on
Sunday that Trump will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
on Monday during the United Nations General Assembly, just as Hillary
Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, is also scheduled to do.
Clinton, who faces Trump in the Nov. 8 election, announced last week
that she would meet both with Sisi and Ukraine President Petro
Poroshenko in bilateral sessions expected to take place late on Monday.
A foreign policy advisor to Trump, Walid Phares, told Reuters on Sunday
that Trump would also have talks with Sisi on the same day.
For Trump, a New York real estate magnate and reality-TV show host who
has never held political office, it marks the second time in recent
weeks he has tried to burnish his foreign-policy credentials to compete
with Clinton, the former Secretary of State under President Barack Obama
and a U.S. Senator from New York.
Trump ventured to Mexico late last month to meet with President Enrique
Pena Nieto to discuss border security between the two nations.
But afterward, both sides quickly accused the other of not accurately
representing the scope of the conversations, with Trump insisting that
the subject of which country would pay for a proposed wall between the
two nations never came up, and Pena Nieto saying that his country would
never agree to finance it.
Egypt remains in flux after the country's chaotic revolution in 2011
that deposed President Hosni Mubarak, a movement that the Obama
administration supported. Then-Secretary Clinton has since written that
she advised a more conservative approach than the White House ultimately
took toward Mubarak's exit.
Egypt's Islamist President, Mohamad Morsi, was eventually supplanted by
Sisi, the nation's former defense minister and a secularist, in 2013.
Some Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have since accused
the Obama administration of abandoning its support of Egypt's government
in its battle against Islamic militants.
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during the opening of
the first and second phases of the housing project "Long Live
Egypt", which focuses on development in the country's slums, at
Al-Asmarat district in Al Mokattam area, east of Cairo, Egypt May
30, 2016 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian
Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
Trump has called for aggressive measures in combating the threat of
Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria and has proposed blocking
immigrants from countries that he says pose a threat to the United
States. Earlier in his campaign, he suggested banning all Muslims
from entering the country.
Clinton's meeting with Ukraine President Poroshenko also is likely
to be provocative given the reportedly close ties between Trump's
campaign and the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, considered part of Ukraine, in
(Reporting by James Oliphant; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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