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Egypt's Sisi in UAE for talks

© AFP/File | The visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, seen in April 2017, comes 24 hours after the UAE brokered a meeting between Fayez al-Sarraj, head of Libya's UN-backed government, and military strongman Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar

ABU DHABI (AFP) - 

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday for talks with top officials, state media said.

Sisi's visit comes 24 hours after the UAE brokered a meeting between Fayez al-Sarraj, head of Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord, and military strongman Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar who refuses to recognise the GNA.

State-run news agency WAM said Sisi, who was accompanied by Egypt's foreign and investment ministers on his two-day visit, met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan for talks on cooperation and the crises in Yemen, Syria and Libya.

Egypt has received more than $20 billion in aid from Gulf countries that supported the overthrow of Sisi's Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi.

The UAE alone last year pledged $5 billion to Egypt, which has been plagued by economic instability since the 2011 revolution that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak.

The UAE and Egypt are also joint allies of Haftar, whose forces control most of eastern Libya including its key oil ports.

On Tuesday, Haftar and Sarraj met in Abu Dhabi for only the second time since the latter was named prime minister in late 2015, as diplomatic efforts intensify to end years of chaos and conflict in their North African nation.

© 2017 AFP