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Trump greets freed Egyptian-American prisoner in welcome video

29 April, 2017, 21:30 | Author: Jan Cross
  • Aya Hijazi an Egyptian American aid worker meets with President Donald Trump in the Oval office of the White House in Washington Friday

Aya Hijazi meets with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2017.

Aya Hijazi, 30, was flown home on a USA government plane Thursday after she was freed by a Cairo court on April 16. Along with her husband and six colleagues at the foundation, Hijazi was eventually accused of sexually assaulting children and convincing them to join protests in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Human rights groups said the workers were abused while in detention, according to The Post.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis meets Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and top brass in Cairo on Thursday, pledging support for the American ally on his first regional tour. Trump was believed to have raised the matter with Sisi when he visited the White House on 3 April.

Hijazi and her husband were acquitted earlier in April of the charges, which officials in the USA said were unfounded.

"We are very happy to have Aya back home", said Trump.

President Donald Trump meets with Aya Hijazi an Egyptian American aid worker in the Oval office of the White House in Washington Friday

According to The Washington Post, the White House worked extensively with Egyptian officials to secure the release.

United States President Donald Trump has welcomed back to the country Aya Hijazi, an American-Egyptian charity worker released from Jail in Egypt. She was reportedly accompanied by her family and White House Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, who had traveled to the region with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. "It was not until Trump moved to reset US relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3 - he publicly hailed the autocrat's leadership as "fantastic" and offered the USA government's "strong backing" - that Egypt's posture changed".

The ties, however, have improved under the new US administration of President Trump, who pledged to support the key USA ally with 1.3 billion USA dollars annually in military aid.

McMullen added that Egyptian authorities unlawfully arrested Hijazi and her husband, and the couple was detained without even being told what the charges were until months later.

The case was seen by human rights groups as typical of authoritarian rule in Egypt under President Sisi, who assumed power in 2013.

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