U.S. President Donald Trump held a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Fattah al-Sisi, while demonstrators were protesting against Sisi’s visit to the United States.

During the meeting, Trump lauded the Egyptian president, describing him as “somebody that has been very close to me from the first time I met him.”

“I met during the campaign and at that point there were two of us and we both met and hopefully you liked me a lot more. But it was very long, it was supposed to be just a quick brief meeting but we were with each other for a long period of time, we agreed on so many things,” he added.

This comes as Sisi has been accused of violating human rights in the North African country.

Protesters shouted slogans against the Egyptian president, calling him “murderer” and “war criminal” on the streets while protesting Trumps disregard for Sisi’s violation of human rights and crackdown on Muslim brotherhood.

Rights groups have raised concerns over Trump’s disregard for the human rights situation in some Arab countries, after his administration decided to sell F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain.

This is Sisi’s first visit since he became president following a military coup in 2013, ousting former president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader.