Govt delegation to visit Emirates to discuss Egypt expats in Gulf

An Egyptian delegation will visit the United Arab Emirates on 12 March as part of a tour of Gulf states to discuss problems facing Egyptians expatriates in the Gulf, a diplomatic source told Al-Masry Al-Youm Tuesday.

The delegation will include Ahmed Ragheb, assistant foreign minister for Egyptian expatriates, as well as officials from the Ministry of Manpower and Emigration, the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation and the General Authority for Investment.

Shoaib Abdel Fatah, media consultant for the Egyptian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, said that the delegation would discuss issues pertaining to Egyptians working and living in the Emirates.

The delegation’s visit will last for five days, with three days spent in Abu Dhabi and two in Dubai. The delegation will meet Egyptians residing in both Emirates, Abdel Fatah told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Egyptian media reported in April that a number of Gulf countries threatened to withdraw their investments from Egypt and sack Egyptian workers in their countries if former President Hosni Mubarak, once a strong ally of Gulf regimes, was prosecuted.

Major General Ismail Etman, a former member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, denied those reports at the time.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia also had reportedly requested clarification of former Foreign Minister Nabil al-Araby's statements that Egypt was ready to restore relations with Iran.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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