Trump plans return trip to the Middle East with President of Egypt

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Trump met with Sisi for the first time in April, during his first official visit to the White House.

President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told President Trump he had a personality that was "capable of doing the impossible" during remarks Sunday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Trump has said little publicly about human rights under Sisi, but White House aides say behind-the-scenes talks have yielded results better than those achieved by Obama. "We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon", Trump said, praising Washington-Cairo relations.

"We bring the world together to fight extremism and terrorism", the statement read.

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Trump is also calling Sisi his "friend" and praising him for the release of USA aid worker Aya Hijazi, who had been held captive for three years.

Sisi, who led a coup three years ago to depose Egypt's first freely elected president and faces criticism over alleged human rights abuses, also said his nation is "secure" and "stable" with the "cooperation of the United States". Sisi went to Washington last month for talks with Trump meant to improve relations that had been strained under President Barack Obama.

The ties, however, have improved under the new USA administration of President Trump, who pledged to support the key US ally with 1.3 billion US dollars annually in military aid.

Trump thanked Sisi for his help with the release of Egyptian-American charity worker Aya Hijazi last month.