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Qatar’s emir arrives in Egypt for first visit since end of boycott

Person, Human, Suit Amiri Diwan/Handout via REUTERS
Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani meets Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, Egypt June 24, 2022

Qatar’s ruler arrived in Egypt on Friday, his first trip to the country since the two Arab countries agreed last year to end a long-running regional feud, diplomatic sources said.

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who last visited Egypt in 2015, was greeted at the airport in Cairo by President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.

The visit comes just two months after Qatar announced it would invest $5 billion in Egypt.

The emir’s trip comes days after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Cairo and the announcement of $7.7 billion in investment deals between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain had boycotted Qatar since 2017 over charges it supports terrorism, a reference to Islamist groups. Qatar denied the accusation.

With Egypt facing economic headwinds as a result of the war in Ukraine, its cabinet said in March that Egypt and Qatar had agreed to sign investment deals worth $5 billion.