Egypt President visits UAE to kick off ‘highly important’ talks

Friday 23/10/2015
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ABU DHABI - Egypt's president is visiting the United Arab Emirates, a major backer of his government, to kick off strategic talks that Abu Dhabi says are highly important amid ongoing conflicts in the region.

Sisi's visit, the second to the oil-rich Gulf country this year, is of "double importance" in light of intertwined conflicts in the region, the UAE’s state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.

WAM added President Sisi met on Tuesday with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

WAM said discussions between the two focused on regional issues including the war in Yemen. Both countries are in a Saudi-led coalition targeting Huthi rebels there.

WAM reported the two also discussed the ongoing civil war in Syria, as well as recent tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

Since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, the UAE has emerged as a main donor to Egypt, providing billions of dollars of aid to Cairo.

The UAE and some other Gulf Arab countries were opposed to Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, which they view as a security threat.

Following his visit to the UAE, Sisi will fly to India for the third India Africa Forum Summit, state news agency MENA said.

The meeting will bring together 40 African countries to discuss means of developing economic cooperation between India and the African continent countries.

He will later head to Bahrain where he will hold talks with King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa to address bilateral ties and developments in the region.