On 25 September 2014, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. At the meeting, the two presidents discussed ways to strengthen the Egypt-U.S. strategic partnership, and underlined the need for consultations on a wide range of regional and international issues. The two leaders also agreed to launch a strategic dialogue at the foreign minister level. This was their first face-to-face meeting.
During the meeting, President El Sisi confirmed that the government is adapting its policies in response to popular will and national priorities that resulted from Egypt’s two great revolutions, which have put Egypt on the path towards building an inclusive, democratic government that enhances the values of freedom, respects human rights and satisfies the aspirations of the Egyptian people for development and progress. President El Sisi referred to hazards emanating from unstable conditions in Libya and the need to confront terrorist organizations there. Both presidents stressed the importance of supporting Libya’s elected and legitimate institutions.
The two presidents rejected foreign interference in Libya, and financing terrorist elements there stressing the need to launch a political dialogue among groups that reject violence and terrorism within the framework of the initiative, which was agreed to by Libya’s regional neighbors.