Egypt's Mubarak begins Gulf tour
Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak left for the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, on his first leg of a Gulf tour for political and trade talks, DPA reported.
Mubarak, who heads a ministerial delegation, will also head to Qatar and Bahrain during the two-day visit.
His meetings with the leaders of the three countries will focus on promoting trade cooperation, economic development and to strengthen communication between investors.
They will also discuss the Middle East peace process and developments in Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Sudan, as well as security in the Gulf region.
It is Mubarak's first visit to Doha since 2006. The 82-year old recently went to Germany for an operation, and his health is subject to speculation.
Relations strained between Egypt and Qatar in the wake of the Israeli war on Gaza as the state-funded Qatari channel, al-Jazeera, spearheaded a critical campaign against the Egyptian position.