Since taking power in October of 1981, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been an ally of the United States, even if the relationship has at times been complicated.
Egypt has been a major recipient of U.S. aid, and its peaceful relationship with Israel has been viewed as an important, stabilizing factor in Middle East geopolitics--one the U.S. values greatly. Mubarak publicly criticized the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and, more recently, President Obama chose Cairo as the site of his highly publicized speech to the Muslim world in 2009.
As a U.S. ally and key player in Middle East politics, Mubarak has visited the White House, Camp David, and George W. Bush's Crawford ranch during his 29 years of rule, meeting and posing with every U.S. president from Reagan to Obama. LIFE.com recently put together a collection of images from Mubarak's reign; find below four photos from that collection of the Egyptian leader with U.S. presidents, courtesy of LIFE.com.
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