Qatari Foreign Minister arrives in Egypt to hold official talks

The visit came as part of attempts to improve bilateral relations following Egypt’s and three other Gulf countries’ termination of the blockade of Qatar in January.

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Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani visited Cairo where he met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry as well as President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The visit came in a medium that the two countries have spent efforts to boost bilateral relations after they agreed to normalize relations at the 41st Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula in January.

The two top diplomats discussed ways to promote “the positive atmosphere” in the bilateral relations during the meeting, according to the statement issued after the talk.

Following the meeting with Shoukry, the Qatari FM also met with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The President’s office issued a statement after the meeting stating that the two sides agreed on “intensifying joint consultation and coordination.”

Foreign Minister Al Thani also handed over a letter from Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to El Sisi, inviting him to visit Doha. If President Sisi accepts this invitation, it would be the first visit of the Egyptian leader to Doha since he overthrew the country’s first elected president Morsi in 2013.

In fact, the Qatari Minister’s visit to Cairo came as the third leg of his African tour. Earlier this week, he first went to Libya where he met with the newly appointed transitional government in Tripoli. After Libya, Abdulrahman Al Thani flew to Khartoum. Here, the Qatari FM met with Sudanese officials to discuss the latest regional developments and bilateral relations.

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