Tuesday, 24 September 2019 11:22

US President Donald Trump has thrown his support behind Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has come under pressure in the face of protests calling for him to step down in Egypt.

"Everybody has demonstrations," Trump said while meeting el-Sisi on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City.

"I'm not concerned with it. Egypt has a great leader. He's highly respected."

Meanwhile El-Sisi has dismissed the corruption allegations as "lies" and "slander". When asked about the demonstrations, the Egyptian president blamed them on "political Islam".

A former army general, el-Sisi led the military removal of democratically elected Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and won back-to-back landslide elections after running virtually unopposed.