Morsy to visit the US in September

Morsy to visit the US in September

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Wed, 22/08/2012 - 15:58

— President Mohamed Morsy will visit the United States on 23 September, making his first trip there since taking power in June, the presidential spokesman said on Wednesday.

The United States was a close ally of Egypt under ousted President Hosni Mubarak and gives US$1.3 billion in military aid a year to Egypt, plus other assistance.

Long wary of Islamists, Washington opened formal talks with Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood in 2011 as the group emerged as a major player in the political scene of the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Morsy in Egypt during a visit in July.

"President Morsy will visit the United States on September 23 after his visit to China," presidential spokesman Yasser Ali told Reuters, referring to a visit to Beijing next week.

In July, US President Barack Obama invited Morsy to the United States in September during the UN General Assembly meetings, but no date was announced.

Morsy is due to visit China on August 27 and will then go to Iran to attend a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement on August 30. His first official visit was to Saudi Arabia.