President Sisi and Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani hold summit in Cairo

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Jun 2022

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani are holding a summit at at Itihadiya Presidential Palace, as the Qatari leader visits Egypt for the first time since Cairo and Doha resumed diplomatic ties last year as part of Al-Ula agreement that ended an over three-year-long diplomatic rift.

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The two leaders listened to the national anthems of both countries before starting summit talks.

The Qatari emir was received by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi at Cairo International Airport on Friday evening. 

The summit today between the two leaders aims to ensure full normalisation of relations between the two countries, according to a diplomatic source.

Tamim’s visit will see the signing of a number of economic agreements, and ensure Qatari investment in Egypt, especially in the energy field, added the diplomatic source.

The two leaders are set to discuss during the summit the full scope of bilateral relations between the two countries and means of boosting them, according to the Egyptian presidency.

They will also discuss a host of political, regional and international issues, the presidency added.

On the sideline of Tamim’s visit, the Egyptian-Qatari Business Council meetings will be launched with participation of businessmen to enhance trade, investment and economic relations between the two countries.

Tamim has met El-Sisi twice since the reconciliation agreement.

The first meeting was in Iraq in August 2021 on the sidelines of the Baghdad Conference on Cooperation and Partnership. The second meeting took place on the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November 2021.

In January 2021, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain signed the Al-Ula agreement for Arab reconciliation with Qatar.  The Arab quartet had cut ties and transport links with Qatar in June 2017, accusing Doha of backing radical Islamist groups and cooperating with Iran. Qatar has always denied these allegations.

In the wake of the agreement, Egypt and Qatar held rounds of talks to develop relations, eventually forming the Egyptian-Qatari Joint Committee in March to foster and strengthen these ties.

Both countries have worked on strengthening their newly-restored relations and reaching common ground on regional issues since the signing of the Al-Ula agreement.

In March 2022, Cairo and Doha agreed on $5 billion in Qatari investments in Egypt during a visit by Qatar's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani to the Egyptian capital.

The Qatar emir’s two-day visit comes days after the Egyptian president met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and held a trilateral summit with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, and Jordan's King Abdullah II in the Egyptian Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

On the sideline of Bin Salman’s visit, 14 investment agreements worth $7.7 billion were signed between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

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