CAIRO: Qatari Prince Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani will attend Egypt’s Economic Summit scheduled for mid-March in Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea resort, Egyptian and Qatari sources told Reuters Monday.
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi officially invited Al-Thani to participate in the summit, an official Egyptian source in the Gulf told Reuters, and a source close to the Qatari Prince said the invitation has been accepted.
Sisi invited all countries to attend the summit in his speech at the conference of World Future Energy Summit 2015 in Abu Dhabi Monday. The government holds high hopes to draw investments in the summit.
However, Sisi said there are no planned meetings between him Sheikh Al Thani in an interview Sunday with Sky News Arabia, adding “as I said before, we will wait and see.”
Under Saudi auspices, Qatar has taken steps to alleviate strained relations with Egypt, such as closing the anti-Sisi channel Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, and requesting prominent Muslim Brotherhood members to leave the monarchy.
Egypt’s relations with Qatar and Turkey, two of the Brotherhood’s regional supporters, have gone sour since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, which both countries vocally labeled as a coup.