Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is visiting the White House for the first time since he led the military’s overthrow of his predecessor in 2013.
US President Donald Trump said he was very much behind Mr. Sisi, whose deadly crackdown on dissent was criticised by the Obama administration.
Mr. Sisi declared his deep appreciation for Mr. Trump’s unique personality. US officials have said Mr. Trump is seeking to reboot the countries’ bilateral relationship at the talks.
He also wants to build on the strong connection established with Mr. Sisi when they met in New York in September, during the US election campaign.
As Egypt’s defence minister and armed forces chief in July 2013, Mr. Sisi led the overthrow of the country’s first freely elected president, Mohammed Morsi, after mass protests against his rule.
The following month, he oversaw the violent dispersal of protests by supporters of Mr. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, which left more than one thousand people dead.