Sisi Heads to New York

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is heading to the United States on Sunday to represent Egypt in the United Nations’ General Assembly’s 69th session.

Sisi will also attend the UN Climate Summit, scheduled for September 23 in New York.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders to the summit to “galvanise and catalyse climate action,” according to the UN website. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to attend the summit.

The Egyptian president will deliver a speech in the General Assembly’s 69th session on Thursday. Combating terrorism and extremism will be an integral part of Sisi’s speech, reported state-run news agency MENA.

Egypt’s relations with the U.S. have been tense since the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 at the hands of Sisi.

The U.S. announced temporarily halting part of its 1.3 billion-dollar military aid to Egypt last October pending “credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections.”

In January, the U.S. congress passed a bill resuming the aid in installments and under certain conditions.

U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed to his Egyptian counterpart Sedki Sobhi the U.S. plans to deliver 10 Appache helicopters in support of Egypt’s counter-terrorism efforts, the Pentagon announced on Saturday.

Source : Aswat Masriya