The Visits of Egyptian Presidents To U.S. Narrate The History of Egypt-US Relationship

Egyptian presidents Tue, Apr. 9, 2019
The exchange of visits between the leaders of countries, is not just diplomatic moments and footage taken by cameras, it’s much more than that, it reflects the history of the relationships between these two countries, and the support they offer to each other. For decades, relations between Egypt and the United States have been grounded in a mutual commitment to advancing peace, prosperity and stability in the Middle East.

Shortly after Egypt declared its independency from protectorate status under the United Kingdom, Egypt and the United States establish diplomatic relationship in 1922. Nevertheless, the Egypt-U.S. strategic partnership was born out of the 1979 Camp David Accords and has endured successfully throughout the nearly 40 years since.

Grounded in a common understanding that forging solutions to persistent challenges in the Middle East requires continuing and further strengthening cooperation between our nations, Egypt has long been among the United States’ most reliable and influential allies. Egypt’s regional leadership, skilled and educated population and geo-strategic location render it an invaluable partner in advancing a broad range of mutual interests.

Below is a timeline of all the Egyptian Presidential visits to the United States of America:

Visits during the presidency of Gamal Abd Al Naser

September 26, 1960

Naser’s only visit to the United States was when he met with President Eisenhower in New York City while attending a United Nations General Assembly session.



Visits during the presidency of Mohamed Anwar Al Saddat

February 1966

Saddat’s first visit was in February 1966, but he was then the President of the National Assembly. He visited Washington, New York and California, during this trip he met with the US President, Lyndon B. Johnson, the President of the US House of Representatives, John W. McCormack and the Chairmen of the parliamentary committees.

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October 27, 1975

During his brief presidency, Sadat visited the United States several times, the first of which was in October 1975 following the October 1973 victories, to discuss the developments of the crisis, support the cooperation between the two countries, and supply Egypt with advanced American weapons.


November 5, 1975

In November 1975, the Egyptian president delivered a speech to the US Congress on the crisis in the Middle East.


April 3, 1977

In April 1977, Sadat and US President Jimmy Carter began talks in Washington on the Middle East crisis.

February 3, 1978

Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat has arrived in Washington DC to discuss the Middle East peace process with US President Jimmy Carter.


September 5, 1978
President Sadat met with President Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David.


December 1, 1978

Private visit to discuss progress of peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel.

Anwar Sadat Speaks During an Arrival Ceremony Hosted by Jimmy Carter

February 20, 1979

Second meeting with President Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David regarding the Camp David Accords.

March 24–29, 1979

Sadat's historic visit to America in 1979 after negotiating for the restoration of Egyptian territory and to achieve peace. During this trip, the Camp David Peace Agreement was signed under the auspices of American President Jimmy Carter. Sadat signed the Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel in which Israel worked to return the occupied Egyptian territories to Egypt.


April 7–10, 1980

President Sadat went on an official visit to Washington

August 4–9, 1981

President Sadat went a State visit; and he visited New York City.


After the assassination of President Sadat during the military parade of the October victories in 1981, Mohamed Hosni Mubarak took over the presidency of Egypt as Sadat’s vice president. Egyptian-US relations remain as they were. Over the course of 30 years of Mubarak's rule, relations between Cairo and Washington followed the same approach and visits continued at the same pace.

Visits during the presidency of Mohamed Hosny Mubarak

With the stabilization of the relations between the two countries, President Mubarak's visit to Washington DC has become an uninterrupted annual tradition. Egypt has become a partner to the United States in the region, especially in the Palestinian cause.

February 2–5, 1982

Hosni Mubarak’s first visit to the United States as the President of Egypt.


January 26–31, 1983

Official working visit

September 29 – October 3, 1983

Official working visit

February 11–15, 1984

Official working visit

March 11–13, 1985

Official working visit

September 21–23, 1985

Private visit; met with President Reagan on September 23. Afterwards visited New York City on September 24–28.

January 26–29, 1988

State visit; visited Dallas on January 30.

April 1–5, 1989

Official visit. Private visit to New York City afterwards.

October 1–3, 1989

Met with President Bush during a private visit.

Bush senior

April 3–6, 1993

Met with President Clinton during a private visit.


October 23–28, 1993

Met with President Clinton during a private visit.

April 1–5, 1995

Official working visit

September 28–30, 1995

Attended the signing of Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement.


July 28–31, 1996

Official working visit

March 8–13, 1997

Official working visit

June 26 – July 6, 1999

Official working visit

March 24–30, 2000

Official working visit

bush junior

March 30 – April 4, 2001

Working visit

March 2–6, 2002

The year 2002 is an example of this partnership, which witnessed two summits between Egypt and the United States, the first summit was in March

June 5–8, 2002

The second at the beginning of June of the same year. These summits were against the escalation of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and the stalemate of the peace process.

April 5–9, 2004

Official select visit. Met with President Bush on April 12 at his Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.

August 17–19, 2009

Working visit

September 1, 2010

Attended Middle East peace talks.

Hosni Mubarak was ousted from office as president after the January 25 revolution, and he forced to resign on 11 February 2011.

Visits during the presidency of Mohamed Morsi

September 26, 2012
Morsi addressed the sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

Morsi was removed from office in the 2013 after the June 2013 revolution due to his involvement with the terrorist organization of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Visits during the presidency of Abd Al Fatah Al-Sisi

September 23, 2014

President Al-Sisi met with President Obama at the UN General Assembly in New York City.


September 24–29, 2015

Addressed the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 28. Met with President Obama. Attended a summit on addressing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on September 29.

September 20, 2016

Trump received President Al-Sisi at his residence in New York City, when he was a candidate for the US presidency, on the sidelines of Sisi's participation in the 71st UN General Assembly. The two sides talked about the strategic bilateral relations between Egypt and the United States. Trump said during the meeting: “If I won the election, Egypt will become a true friend of the States and not just an ally. "


April 3, 2017

President Trump received President Al Sisi at the White House after he won the American elections. The two sides discussed bilateral and regional issues, including combating the terrorist organization "Da'ash", supporting peace and stability in the region and fighting terrorism. After the meeting, Trump tweeted via his account on Twitter: "It is a great honor to welcome Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the White House and a strong return to the joint relations between America and Egypt."


April 7, 2019

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi arrived in the US capitol Washington on Monday. Sisi’s visit to Washington came at Trump’s invitation to discuss bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual concern.