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Egyptian President visits Qatar's chief to meet

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In this photo made available by Qatar News Agency, QNA, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, right, is welcomed by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi upon his arrival at Cairo airport, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 24, 2022. Qatar's emir arrived to hold talks with Egypt's president in his first visit since the two countries agreed to reset relations after more than seven years of diplomatic animosity. (QNA via AP)
In this photo, Qatar News Agency, QNA , Qatar Emilta Meembin Hamadartani, Right, welcomed by Egyptian President Abdel Fatta Elsisi, arriving at Cairo Airport in Cairo, Egypt on Friday, June 24, 2022. The Qatar chief has arrived at and will hold a meeting with the Egyptian president on his first visit as the two countries have agreed to reset their relations after more than seven years of diplomatic hostility. (QNA via AP)Associated Press

Cairo (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel Fatta Elsisi with Qatar on Saturday Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Tani visited Emile and Cairo for the first time in a few years.

According to a brief statement by the President of Egypt, the talks focused on relations between the two countries and a series of other regional and global topics. No further details were provided.

Altani arrives at the Itihadiya Presidential Palace in Cairo for a meeting with Elsisi. The two leaders visited the Honorary Guards and the band played the national anthems of Egypt and Qatar. This was a live stream of a welcome ceremony posted by the President of Egypt.

Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram reported daily that talks aimed to ensure a "complete normalization" of relations between the two countries after resuming relations in early 2021.

Citing an unnamed source, the newspaper said the two countries would sign an agreement that would include a catastrophic investment in Egypt's devastated economy.

During the visit, the Egyptian and Qatar Business Councils will meet to improve trade and investment between countries. Qatar announced in March an investment of $ 5 billion in the Egyptian economy. This was hit hard by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Altani landed in Cairo late Friday and was greeted by Elsisi at the airport, where he greeted him at the tarmac with his handshake and cheek kiss.

An unthinkable visit and warm welcome just a few years ago showed that relations between the two countries have improved rapidly since the end of the Doha boycott by four Arab countries, including Egypt. ..

It preceded President Joe Biden's expected trip to the Middle East next month. Both el-Sissi and Al Thani will attend a summit with the President of the United States hosted by Saudi Arabia. The Summit will be attended by leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iraq and Egypt.

Egypt's relations with Qatar led the military overthrow in 2013 after Elsisi, as Defense Minister, led the short-term divisional rule of Islamic President Muhammad Morsi. It got worse. Welcomed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi was backed by Qatar.

In 2017, Egypt joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in a boycott of Qatar to force Doha to make policy changes.

The rift finally ended in 2021 when Qatar signed a declaration with four to normalize the relationship. Since then, relationships have improved and top officials have exchanged visits.

Since then, the Egyptian president has met with the Qatar chief twice.

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