Amid Trump-Sisi intimacy, Melania Trump to visit Egypt in October

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US First lady Melania Trump announced embarking on an African tour starting October 1, where she will visit four “beautiful and very different” countries, according to the Associated Press.

The US  first lady will visit Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt, where she will discuss child care on her first extended solo international mission without the American president.

Melania Trump said she looks forward to spreading the message of her “Be Best” child-welfare initiative. She launched the campaign in May to focus on the overall child well-being, with an emphasis on opioid addiction and online behavior.

Amid his high-level meetings as part of the week-long United Nations General Assembly’s 73rd session in New York, Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump for the fourth time since Trump came to power.

During the meeting, Trump welcomed the Egyptian president, saying “It’s a great honor to be with President Sisi, our great friend from Egypt.”

“We have very special things happening, as our relationship has never been stronger.
We’re working with Egypt on many different fronts, including military, trade, and whatever else we can work on. It’s an honor to be with you again,” Trump said.

Sisi expressed his pleasure to meet Trump, saying “Being here and having this meeting really states the magnitude of the Egyptian-American relationship.”

“I commend you for all the accomplishments achieved in the United States within less than two years,” Sisi said. He added that Egypt has had “a long stable relationship [with the U.S.] for 40 years now, and during President Trump’s rule, Egypt has received more support.”

Trump also congratulated the Egyptian leader for “the outstanding job he did with respect to terrorism, saying “you’re working very hard on that. It’s not easy. You’re at the forefront but you’ve done an outstanding job.”

Sisi asserted that Egypt “will be able to eliminate terrorism” with the help of the United States. He pointed out that fighting terrorism “has been an obligation that [Trump] has made very clear since taking office and during his presidential campaign,” stressing that Egypt supports him in this.

Trump noted that the U.S. “has done very well” in combating terrorism in the Middle East, pointing out that they “whipped out ISIS in Syria.”

“You’ve been very outstanding and we’ll work with you,” Trump said to Sisi.

Meanwhile, Trump also held a series of bilateral meetings with leaders from South Korea and France where he discussed the U.S. role in the world.