Sisi heads to UAE Monday on official visit

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is heading to the United Arab Emirates on Monday for a two-day official visit during which he will meet with a number of senior Emirati officials, state news agency MENA reported on Sunday.

“The president will discuss with senior UAE officials the close bilateral relationship between the two countries, as well as consulting and cooperating on a number of issues including combating terrorism along with regional and international crises,” MENA quoted an official presidency statement as saying.

El-Sisi’s visit reflects the “two countries’ keenness to consult one another on the current challenges faced by the region today,” the statement added.

These challenges, according to the statement, require “joining efforts to protect Arab national unity against attempts to destabilise Arab states and interfere in their domestic affairs.”

Egypt and the UAE, along with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on 5 June, suspending air and shipping routes with the tiny Gulf state.

The nations say Doha supports Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which Cairo accuses of terrorism and attempting to destabilise Egypt.

Source: Ahram Online

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