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Qatar appoints envoys to Egypt, Libya

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attends the 41st Summit of Gulf Cooperation Council in AlUla, Saudi Arabia on 5 January 2021. [Royal Council of Saudi Arabia - Anadolu Agency]
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani in Alula, Saudi Arabia on 5 January 2021 [Royal Council of Saudi Arabia/Anadolu Agency]

Qatar named ambassadors to Egypt and Libya on Thursday, Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani's office said, as the Gulf Arab state moves to improve ties with some regional states, Reuters reports.

Salem Bin Mubarak Al-Shafi was named envoy to Egypt, while Khalid Mohammed Al-Dosari was appointed for Libya.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain agreed in January to end a dispute that saw them boycott Qatar in June 2017 over charges it supports terrorism, 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 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.

READ: Qatar's Al Jazeera television broadcasts live from Egypt after 8-year hiatus

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