Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has been invited to visit Doha in a message from Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Egyptian Presidency said on Tuesday, as the two countries are working on mending their relations.
Qatari Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdel Rahman Al-Thani delivered the message in a meeting with the Egyptian president, according to a presidential statement.
This is the first visit by Qatar’s top diplomat to Cairo since Egypt, along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut relations with Qatar in 2017, before the quartet reached a reconciliation agreement with Doha in early 2021.
The Qatari foreign minister expressed his appreciation of Egypt's strategic role under the leadership of President El-Sisi in protecting the Arab national security and defending the Arab nations’ causes as well as Egypt’s efforts in enforcing security, stability and development in the region.
For his part, President El-Sisi asked the top Qatari diplomat to convey his greetings to Emir Tamim, welcoming the latest developments in the path of Egyptian-Qatari relations.
The president also said he was looking forward to achieving progress in different fields of the bilateral relations in a way that serves best the goals and interests of the two countries as well as protecting the Arab national security.
He asserted Egypt's keenness on achieving cooperation and supporting Arab solidarity as a strategic approach in its policies within the framework of mutual respect, joint interest, and good intentions.
During the meeting, the two sides agreed to intensify the joint consultation and coordination between Egypt and Qatar, including mutual visits by senior officials in the upcoming period to boost the bilateral ties as well as joint Arab action in order to achieve development and peace and protect the Arab national security.
Tuesday's meeting was attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel as well as head of Qatari state security apparatus Abdullah Al-Khalifi.
The Qatari foreign minister arrived in Cairo on Monday for a two-day visit as part of a regional tour. He held earlier talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.
The Qatari foreign minister has already visited Khartoum and Tripoli before his stop in Cairo, where he discussed the latest developments in both countries.