New York: U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Monday to discuss future partnership to defeat terrorism and other foreign affairs.
El-Sisi, who was in Manhattan visiting the UN General Assembly, also met Trump's wingmen, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
"Trump emphasized to President el-Sisi his high regard for peace-loving Muslims and understands that every day there are people of goodwill that sacrifice their lives and fortunes to combat the growing threat of radical terrorism," according to a campaign statement issued.
The GOP nominee reiterated the U.S. and Egypt share a common enemy in terrorism, "not only politically and militarily, but also addressing the ideology."
During the meeting, Trump also assured to el-Sisi that if elected president, "the United States of America will be a loyal friend, not simply an ally that Egypt can count on in the days and years ahead."
Trump praised el-Sisi and the Egyptian people for defending their country from radical takeovers in recent years, emphasizing the U.S.-Egypt relationship as "vital" to promoting peace and stability in the Middle East.
It was the second meeting for Trump with a foreign leader for the businessman-turned-politician, who met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto last month.
Trump also told el-Sisi that he will host him at the White House and visit Egypt if he wins in November.
Trump's meeting with el-Sisi is important as he was earlier slammed for his "boycott Muslims" call. The move is seen as a shift from Trump's poll campaign seen in the early stage.