Trump Helps Release American Aid Worker Jailed In Egypt
Apr 29, 2017, 21:31
A US aid worker jailed in Egypt for three years returned home to Washington, her lawyer said, thanking the White House for help in her release.
Earlier this month President Donald Trump moved to reset USA relations with Egypt, hosting Sisi for talks at the White House and giving him firm backing, including in the fight against Islamist militants.
She was flown to Joint Base Andrews, the USA military airfield on the outskirts of Washington.
Trump, however, has set aside criticism of Sissi's human rights record while pledging to maintain support for the key United States ally which receives an annual $1.3 billion in military aid.
Her release was reportedly agreed before Mr Trump met Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi this month.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed Friday that Trump had discussed Hijazi's release with Sissi during the Egyptian leader's visit to the White House in early April.
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According to the Post, Hijaz and her husband landed in Washington on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET and she is scheduled to meet Friday with Trump, his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
Trump has vowed to work closely with Arab allies in the fight against the Daesh. She was arrested in 2014 after a man alleged that his son was missing and accused Hijazi's organisation for it.
Her release is seen as a success for The White House after the Obama administration tried but failed to have her set free.
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