Egypt, Qatar to sign cooperation MoUs as PM Madbouly arrives in Doha

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Feb 2023

Egypt and Qatar will sign a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to enhance bilateral cooperation as Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly arrived in Doha on Sunday heading a ministerial delegation for a “work trip,” announced the Egyptian Cabinet.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly
File Photo: Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly. Photo courtesy of The Egyptian Cabinet Facebook page.


“The visit comes within the framework of the willingness of the two sisterly countries to support and develop bilateral relations in various fields of mutual interest,” the Egyptian Cabinet confirmed.

Officials of the two countries will hold expanded talks during Madbouly’s visit, the Cabinet said.

The Egyptian delegation will hold meetings with representatives of the Qatar Businessmen Association and the Qatar Chamber to discuss opportunities to increase Qatari investments in Egypt and double the volume of trade exchange between the two countries.

Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said, Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait, and Minister of Trade and Industry Ahmed Samir accompany Madbouly during the visit.

In addition, Chairman for the General Authority of Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) Walid Gamal El-Dein, President of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) Hossam Ahmed Heiba, and representatives of a number of relevant bodies are also part of the delegation.

Madbouly’s visit to Doha comes in response to an invitation from Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Thani, the Cabinet added.

Egypt and Qatar have boosted their relations on all levels and exchanged high-level visits in the wake of the Al-Ula declaration for Arab reconciliation with Qatar, which Egypt signed in Saudi Arabia in January 2021.

The two countries recently celebrated in December their 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

The visit comes a few weeks after Egypt and Qatar held the first meeting of their diplomatic teams in charge of coordinating regional affairs.

In September, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi made his first visit to Doha since assuming the presidency in 2014, where he held talks with Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and witnessed the signing of a number of MoUs between the two countries.

In June, the Qatari leader also made his first visit to Egypt since the two countries resumed their diplomatic relations.

In the same month, the two countries also signed an MoU on financial policy coordination to foster cooperation and coordinate financial visions, positions, and policies at the bilateral and international levels

The two countries also announced in March 2022 establishing a high joint committee headed by their foreign ministers to boost cooperation and coordination in all fields as well as to continue consultation.

The announcement came during a visit by Qatari Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdul-Rahman Al-Thani to Cairo.

During Abdulrahman’s visit, Egypt and Qatar agreed on a package of $5 billion in investments and partnerships in Egypt within "the framework of boosting economic cooperation between the two brotherly countries."

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