Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the first democratically elected president in Egyptian history, left Monday for the United States. He's scheduled Wednesday to address the U.N. General Assembly, the first Egyptian president to do so in more than a decade.
The official State Information Service in Cairo announced Morsi was expected to discuss transition in his country since last year's revolution as well as the situation in Syria.
Morsi spoke out against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a summit for the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran last month. At home, there remains lingering frustration over political developments in the country since the revolution. Morsi's political backers in the Muslim Brotherhood have gained the political upper hand since 2011.
Morsi's spokesman added that the economic situation in post-revolution Egypt would be near the top of the president's agenda during his trip to the United States.
Anti-American sentiment swept the region recently following the partial airing on the Internet of a film deemed insulting to Islam. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo closed briefly as a result of demonstrations in the country.
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