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Thursday, 24 June 2021

Egypt now has an ambassador in Doha

Egypt has an ambassador to Qatar for the first since 2017 after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi approved the appointment of Amr El Sherbini as Egypt’s new ambassador to Doha in a decision (pdf) published in the Official Gazette on 22 June. The appointment of El Sherbini comes a day after Saudi Arabia sent its new ambassador to Doha.

Egypt, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, had removed their ambassadors from Qatar in March 2014 in protest of the alleged interference by Qatar in other countries' internal affairs. But the signing of the Al Ula accord this year ended almost four years of the Qatari rift with Egypt and its Gulf neighbors. El Sisi received in late May an official invitation to Doha from Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, while Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met last week with the Qatari Emir for the first time in Cairo since the lifting of Egypt and the GCC’s 2017 blockade on Qatar.

We also have a new ambassador in Ethiopia: El Sisi appointed Mohamed Gad as Egypt’s new ambassador to Ethiopia, succeeding ambassador Osama Abdel Khalek.

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