Egypt's Morsi to visit US on September 23
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will begin a three-day visit to the United States on September 23, his spokesman said on Wednesday, DPA reported.
He will attend a United Nations General Assembly session in New York, then will conduct meetings with senior officials in Washington.
Morsi is the country's first civilian and Islamist president. He took power on June 30, some 15 months after a popular revolt forced Hosny Mubarak out of power on February 11, 2011.
The US has been a long-time ally of Egypt, with 1.5 billion dollars of aid given annually to Cairo, most of which goes to the military.
The US threatened to cut off aid when some 19 US non-government organization workers were put on trial on charges of receiving foreign funds earlier this year. They were deported to the US following US pressure, though the trial continues in Egypt.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta have recently visited Egypt and held talks with Morsi.
Morsi is scheduled to visit China later in August, then he will go to Iran to attend the Non-Aligned Movement meetings on August 30.