| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Qatar names Ambassadors to Egypt and Libya, says Emir’s office

Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, designated ambassadors to Egypt and Libya on Thursday, according to his administration, as the Gulf Arab state seeks to strengthen ties with several regional countries.

Salem Bin Mubarak Al-Shafi has been named Egypt’s envoy, while Khalid Mohammed Al-Dosari has been selected Libya’s envoy.

In January, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain agreed to halt a boycott of Qatar that had been in place since 2017 over allegations that it supported terrorism, a reference to Islamist groups, which Doha denies.

Cairo had in June appointed an ambassador to Qatar, following a similar move by Riyadh. The UAE and Bahrain have yet to restore diplomatic ties.

Qatar had closed its embassy in Libya in 2014, when many foreign missions in Tripoli shut down as the country split between warring administrations.

Since fighting in Libya ended last summer, the factions have accepted a new unity government mandated to unify institutions and prepare for elections in December.

  • Reuters