Trump greets Egyptian-American freed from Egyptian detention

James Mattis

A USA charity worker returned home after President Trump and aides quietly worked to secure her release from from an Egyptian jail after almost three years, according to the Washington Post. "Thank you very much".

The aid worker's freedom came several weeks after Mr. Trump met with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi at the White House.

Hijazi's case has garnered worldwide attention over the years - Human Rights Watch called it a "travesty of justice" in a report released last month and argued that there was virtually no evidence to support the prosecution.

USA officials had raised Hijazi's case with the Egyptians soon after Trump took office on January 20, the official said.

Hijazi, her husband, and four colleagues at a foundation to help street children had been jailed on what U.S. authorities say were false charges of child abuse and human trafficking.

The dropping of charges set in motion the release of Hijazi and Hassanein from custody and their journey to the United States, which was personally overseen by Trump and detailed Thursday by the senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the national security sensitivities of the case.

Reuters noted that Hijazi spent 33 months in jail.

Powell had been in the region traveling with US Defense Secretary James Mattis. Obama froze aid to Egypt for two years after Sisi, then a general, overthrew President Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013.

The family of an American woman and her Egyptian husband who were held captive for three years in Egypt are crediting President Trump for helping secure their release.

"At the end of the day we're just pleased that she's back home ... and that the president and the team successfully worked to bring her back home", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday.

Hijazi's brother, Basel Hijazi, also attended the White House meeting, along with Trump aides Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Dina Powell.

She met Friday with Trump in the Oval Office. It let us be reunited as a family.

"... I left Cairo very confident, very confident in the avenues we have to advance our military-to-military relationship, which has been a bedrock and has stood solid all these years".

Egypt is the second largest recipient of USA military aid after Israel, benefiting from a package worth $1.3 billion while an additional $150 million is intended for developing the Egyptian economy.

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