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Qatar's emir embarks on 1st visit to Egypt since 2015

Visit aims full normalization of relations after ties were severed between 2017-2021

Qatar's emir embarks on 1st visit to Egypt since 2015 Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

DOHA, Qatar 

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Friday headed to Egypt for a working visit for the first time since 2015.

According to a statement by the emir's office, Amiri Diwan, Al Thani left Rwanda, which he was visiting, for Cairo upon an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

A source told the Egyptian news website Cairo24 that the visit aims to fully normalize relations between the two countries and boost Qatari investments in Egypt.

Al Thani's visit comes days after Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Egypt and announced investments worth $7.7 billion.

Qatar and Egypt restored diplomatic ties in January 2021 following the signing of a reconciliation agreement in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, which brought down the curtain on the Gulf crisis that broke out in the 2017 summer.  

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar in Ankara

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