Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Doha.
On Sunday, the leaders of Turkey and Egypt, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Abdel Fattah El Sisi, met for the first time at the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony in Qatar.
A meeting with Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim was where they encountered each other.
Dubai’s Ruler and Vice President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed were among the many Middle East leaders present at the event.
King Abdullah II of Jordan, Lebanese Acting Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were present.
Jagdeep Dhankhar, India’s Vice President, was also in Qatar for the tournament, alongside UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
In 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would never meet his Egyptian counterpart, due to his opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president Mohamed Morsi’s 2013 overthrow.
Qatar’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands at the World Cup opening ceremony. AFP
Egypt and the UAE, among other Gulf states, have been warming up to Turkey.
Turkish Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati visited Egypt earlier this year for an Islamic Development Bank meeting, the first Turkish ministerial visit to the country in nine years.
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