Egypt's president will head to US in September

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Associated Press

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 27 at 12:01 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency is reporting that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi will visit the United States in September on his first trip there as the country's head of state.

MENA said el-Sissi will attend a United Nations environmental summit on Sept. 25 and deliver a speech. It added that he is expected to hold meetings with other world leaders — but it did not say if he'll meet with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Egypt's relations with U.S. have been strained since the downfall of one-time ally Hosni Mubarak in the country's 2011 uprising.

U.S. has refused to fund all of the $1.5 billion in annual military and economic aid that Washington usually sends to Cairo after the military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year.

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