Trump Greets U.S Aid Worker Freed From Egyptian Prison

Washington –   U.S. President, Donald Trump, on Friday met at the White House with a US aid worker freed from an Egyptian prison after behind-the-scenes efforts by Trump’s administration to secure her release.

Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker, her husband and several members of the non-governmental organisation they founded had been held without trial for nearly three years by Egyptian authorities.

Report says members of the public widely believed the charges were false accompanied by a crackdown on foreign NGOs in Egypt.

However, an Egyptian court acquitted them on Sunday.

“We are very happy to have Aya back home and it’s a great honour to have her in the Oval Office,’’ Trump said.

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Trump had been criticised by human rights groups for not publicly raising Hijazi’s case and other human rights issues during a meeting with Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, earlier this month.

White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, said Trump had in fact raised the case privately with the Egyptian leader amid ongoing U.S. diplomatic efforts to secure her release.

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