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Trump Should Meet With Sisi in Saudi Arabia

Eric Trager

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Cipher Brief

May 19, 2017

Such a meeting would focus on two key areas: more effective combating of jihadists in the Sinai and the closure of a case involving four U.S.-funded pro-democracy organizations.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia Saturday with a packed agenda. He will conclude a $109.7 billion arms agreement with Riyadh, discuss opportunities for enhanced U.S.-Saudi economic cooperation, and address the leaders of over 50 Muslim-majority countries at the Arab-American-Islamic summit, which Riyadh hosts Sunday. While many leaders will jostle for time with Trump, he should give priority to a sideline meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and use that meeting to press two key concerns...

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