Egypt leader Mohamed Morsi set for Washington visit

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Preparations are underway for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s official visit to Washington, according to Egyptian ambassador to the U.S., Mohamed Tawfik.

Topping the agenda of Morsi’s meeting with President Barack Obama is the transfer of $450 million aid package that Washington promised to Egypt last year, Tawfik said. The aid package is now being finalized by the U.S. Congress.

Aside from the aid package, Tawfik said Morsi will seek upgraded trade relations between the two countries particularly better access to the U.S. market of Egyptian products and direct investments.

Tawfik said Cairo and Washington are currently reviewing the schedules of Morsi and Obama to set the date of the visit.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, had gone to the U.S. in September but only to deliver a speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He also met with representatives of the Egyptian community in the city.

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