Egyptian president El Sisi arrives in Abu Dhabi for talks

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi landed in the UAE capital on Monday for meetings with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and Emirati officials.

Mr El Sisi’s discussions during his two-day visit will focus on deepening relations and improving stability in the region, the Egyptian state news agency said, quoting a statement from the president’s office.

“The president will discuss with senior UAE officials the close bilateral relationship between the two countries, as well as consulting and co-operating on a number of issues including combating terrorism along with regional and international crises,” the president’s office said.

The visit reflects the “two countries’ keenness to consult one another on the current challenges faced by the region” which require “joining efforts to protect Arab national unity against attempts to destabilise Arab states and interfere in their domestic affairs”.

The UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain cut diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and extremism and trying to destabilise the region. The boycott has resulted in the worst diplomatic spat in GCC history.

The UAE and Egypt are also working to promote political stability in Libya, where the lack of a central authority has allowed extremist militant groups such as ISIL to gain a foothold in recent years.

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