CAIRO: Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef denied Saturday the media reports claiming that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi could meet with the Qatar Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani during Sisi’s one-day visit to Kuwait Monday.
The visit aims to upgrade bilateral relations between Cairo and Kuwait especially concerning economic s, as well as enhancing Arab joint cooperation, he added in remarks to al-Hayat al-Youm talk show Sunday.
“The visit will be to only Kuwait…and no other visits to any Gulf State are on his agenda for this visit,” he continued.
Relations between Egypt and Qatar chilled 17 months ago after the ouster of Islamist former president Mohamed Morsi July 3, 2013; Qatar, a critical ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, condemned his ouster by the army after mass protests called for the end of his regime on June 30, 2013.
In a move to heal relations, President Sisi met with Saudi and Qatari envoys in Cairo Dec. 20, according to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef. The meeting came in the light of the Saudi Arabia’s initiative, under which Qatar and its state-owned TV network Al Jazeera should not interfere in Egyptian affairs.
On Dec. 24, Egyptian and Qatari intelligence officials met in Cairo to discuss a possible reconciliation as part of Saudi efforts, Reuters reported.