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Egypt’s president lavishly praises Trump on social media

In latest sign of leaders’ closeness, Sissi calls US president ‘a man with unique power to confront crises’

US President Donald Trump welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to the West Wing of the White House, April 3, 2017. (Mark Wilson Wilson/Getty Images via JTA)
US President Donald Trump welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to the West Wing of the White House, April 3, 2017. (Mark Wilson Wilson/Getty Images via JTA)

CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s president has lavished praise on US President Donald Trump on social media, calling him a “man with unique power to confront crises.”

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s comments are the latest public example of the two leaders’ closeness.

Sissi thanked Trump late Monday for his “generous concern” for helping revive Egypt’s deadlocked dispute with Ethiopia over its construction of a massive upstream Nile dam.

A former army general who seized power in 2013 coup, Sissi has carried out a widespread crackdown on dissent, silencing critics and jailing thousands.

Trump has avoided censuring Sissi for his repression, instead admiring his efforts to combat terrorism.

Trump has drawn criticism for his relationships with autocratic leaders such as North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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