President Trump is expected to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for the sixth meeting between the leaders in an effort to strengthen bilateral ties.
The president is set to welcome President El-Sisi to the White House Tuesday to discuss a range of topics affecting both nations.
According to the White House, the pair is expected to address counterterrorism, economic reform, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, security, and human rights.
El-Sisi has come under fire in the past for having a questionable human rights record for cracking down on political opposition.
The White House has said the pair will discuss human rights in a “frank” and “open” manner emphasizing the importance of the alliance.
Excited to see our friends in Egypt opening the biggest Cathedral in the Middle East. President El-Sisi is moving his country to a more inclusive future!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019
The meeting comes just days before the Egyptian parliament will decide on an amendment which would allow El-Sisi to stay in power until 2034.
President Trump praised his last meeting with El-Sisi at the White House back in April 2017 touting the progress the nations have made in strengthening ties.