Egypt president meets with regional leaders in coastal metropolis

CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt met Monday with the leaders of Iraq, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, his workplace mentioned, as world powers and Iran search to finish 16 months of negotiations over the revival of Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal.

El-Sissi and Emirati President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan acquired King Abdulla II of Jordan, Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on the airport within the Mediterranean metropolis of el-Alamein.

The UAE chief arrived on the coastal metropolis a day earlier and held separate talks together with his Egyptian counterpart that targeted on ties between the regional allies, el-Sissi’s workplace mentioned.

The five-party talks targeted on consolidating ties and cooperation between their international locations, based on an Egyptian assertion, which didn’t elaborate.

Earlier within the day, an Iraqi assertion mentioned the talks would focus on regional safety together with vitality, funding, and local weather change.

The assembly passed off in el-Alamein, the scene of one of many fiercest battles World Battle II that helped resolve the battle’s end result.

Neither assertion talked about Iran and the continued efforts to revive its 2015 nuclear take care of the world powers.

Lots of the Gulf nations — Saudi Arabia, particularly — have grave issues about Iran’s exercise within the area. They worry that reviving the 2015 deal would come with financial reduction for Tehran’s hard-line regime, permitting it to increase its meddling of their inside affairs.

Iraq has hosted a number of rounds of talks between Iran and its regional rival Saudi Arabia, whose ties worsened significantly in 2016. That is when Saudi Arabia eliminated its diplomats after protesters attacked its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad in retaliation for the dominion executing a distinguished Shiite cleric.

There have been additionally talks just lately between Iran and Egypt as each governments discover methods to ease decades-long tensions. Diplomatic relations between Egypt and Iran had been frozen after Egypt signed its 1979 peace treaty with Israel and Iran underwent its Islamic Revolution.

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