The Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the Emir of the country, has appointed a new ambassador extraordinary to Qatar in Egypt, and it is its first ambassador to Egypt since the outbreak of the Gulf crisis in mid-2017 and the severance of relations between the two countries.
The statement, which was quoted by the Qatari Foreign Ministry from the Amiri Diwan, stated that the Emir of the country, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, issued a decision appointing new ambassadors to Turkey, Egypt, Libya and Cyprus.
— Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Qatar (@MofaQatar_AR) July 29, 2021
As for Egypt, it was decided to appoint Salem bin Mubarak bin Shafi as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Cairo.
The decision also included the appointment of Mohammed bin Nasser bin Jassim as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkey.
Ali Yousef Abdul Rahman Al-Mulla was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Cyprus, and Khaled Muhammad Zabin Al Zabin Al-Dosari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Libya.
It is noteworthy that the extraordinary ambassador enjoys expanded legal powers, including signing agreements in the name of the state or body he represents, unlike the regular ambassador.
Qatar’s ambassador to Cairo
It is noteworthy that this is the first time that Doha has appointed an ambassador to Cairo since the beginning of the Gulf crisis and the severing of relations between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on one side and Qatar on the other in June 2017.
It is also noteworthy that on June 23, Egypt announced the appointment of an extraordinary ambassador to Qatar in the context of the resumption of relations between them following the Al-Ula summit and the Gulf reconciliation agreement last January.
A Qatari delegation visited Cairo in mid-March, with the aim of “accelerating the resumption of relations,” according to the Egyptian state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper.
Previously, two official delegations from Qatar and Egypt held talks on February 23, 2021, in the State of Kuwait, on the mechanisms for implementing the “Al-Ula Declaration” on reconciliation, amid Egyptian-Qatari praise for the repeated relations since the completion of the reconciliation.
Al-Ula summit agreement
The Egyptian-Qatari relations witnessed positive steps after the signing of the Al-Ola statement in Saudi Arabia, which brought down the curtain on the Gulf crisis.
Qatar also recently hosted, as President of the Arab League Council at the ministerial level, an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers that expressed clear support for Egypt and Sudan in the Renaissance Dam crisis, including addressing the Security Council to move in the crisis, which represents Arab support in the international corridors.
On June 13, 2021, Shoukry visited the Qatari capital, Doha, to enhance cooperation and participate in the meeting of Arab foreign ministers; To discuss the current Arab situation.
It is the first visit to Doha by an Egyptian foreign minister since the summer of 2013, when relations between the two countries soured against the backdrop of Qatar’s refusal to step down the late Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
Controversial dispute between Egypt and the Emirates
Recently, there were reports of a secret dispute between Egypt and the Emirates, which crystallized in the sharp Egyptian position, which is completely different from the Emirati vision, in the file of the Israeli war on Gaza.
For the first time, the two countries hold a different position on regional issues, after years of alliance in the war on Yemen, support for Haftar in Libya, the pursuit of the Muslim Brotherhood, the blockade of Qatar, and the boycott of Turkey.
And the year 2021 brought a new one in the Egyptian position towards all these files, so relations between the two countries exploded, and it seemed that the “honeymoons” had ended, and the strikes began to be paid below the belt politically and diplomatically.
In order for “Bin Zayed” to discredit what is said about an Egyptian-Emirati dispute, he visited Cairo last April, a lightning visit, which confirmed the scattered rumors, and did not deny anything of what was said. Cairo is re-engineering its relations anew to suit the world that is now taking shape after the demise of US President Donald Trump .
Abu Dhabi is accelerating the pace towards removing Egypt and Saudi Arabia from the leadership of the Arab region, with organized steps, which previously did not occupy Cairo, amid its preoccupation with its internal problems.
From the front they support Egypt verbally through their media, and from the back they stab it and ally with Ethiopia to complete the Renaissance Dam, and they collude with Israel to write the death certificate of the Suez Canal, and they finance Haftar’s army to multiply the threats from Libya.
Emirati messages to Egypt in the Renaissance Dam crisis
For a long time, Egypt believed that the final solution to the Renaissance Dam crisis rested in the hands of the UAE, which generously supported the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abi Ahmed, economically, politically and militarily, as the number of its investment projects in Addis Ababa reached 92 projects in the sectors of agriculture, industry, real estate and mining, and it established strong relations with him. For goals related to its ambitions in Africa, Ethiopia to become its strategic ally in the Horn of Africa.
In good faith, Cairo thought that this would be in its interest, as the UAE – according to Egyptian thinking – would intervene at the appropriate time to pressure to end the conflict, if it failed to end it through negotiations.
But “Abu Dhabi” did not use the enormous pressure cards it possesses to force the Ethiopian strongman to adopt a sensible position towards the Renaissance Dam, which represents “life or death” for the Egyptians, and the strategic expert, Major General Mohamed Ibrahim, says that Egypt has tried more than once to suggest Abu Dhabi needed it to end this file, but it did not pick up the message, or picked it up and did not respond.
Ibrahim expresses his astonishment at the Emirati neglect of a fateful file for his first Arab ally, and says: “The Egyptian leadership thought that Abu Dhabi’s assistance to it in the Renaissance Dam crisis was a foregone conclusion, and when decisive moments came, I was surprised by the Emirates siding with Ethiopia, despite its limited importance, compared to Egypt of great strategic, military and political value.”
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