Did Al-Sisi Meet Haftar and Al-Serraj in UAE?

Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi headed to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday for a two-day visit for political and bilateral talks with Emirati leaders.

According to the presidency spokesperson, Alaa Youssef, Al-Sisi’s visit to the UAE comes within the framework of close brotherly relations between the two countries and their interest to continue coordination on ways to deal with the challenges the Arab world faces, while promoting joint action to protect Arab national security.

The last visit to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the UAE was in December when he attended UAE 45th National Day, during which he met with Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

Al-Sisi’s meeting will focus on strengthening bilateral relations with the UAE through increasing investments and economic cooperation.

Over the past three years, the UAE has offered great support to Egypt’s economy, while also backing it politically.

Moreover, al-Sisi’s visit to UAE included discussions tackling certain regional issues, such as the Libyan crisis.

In fact, some media outlets revealed that Al-Sisi would meet in UAE with General Khalifa Haftar and Fayez al-Serraj, the chairperson of the Presidential Council of Libya, who held talks in Abu Dhabi under the mediation of the UAE.

In the same context,this week,  armed forces chief of staff Mahmoud Hegazy met with UN special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler as they reviewed and exchanged views regarding updates in Libya. The meeting was part of efforts to reach political concord in Libya.

Al-Sisi previously met Haftar on the sidelines of the Arab summit that took place in March in Jordan.

Furthermore, media outlets reported that Haftar and al-Serraj will have another meeting to continue their discussions next week in Cairo and that it will be attended by al-Sisi.

Egypt has been playing a main role in the Libyan crisis as it has started several initiatives to end the ongoing political and military conflict.

In February, Egypt tried to hold a meeting between the two rival Libyan leaders in Cairo but it failed when Haftar refused to meet Serraj.