Egyptian President el-Sissi visits United Arab Emirates, highlighting ties to Gulf state

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is in the United Arab Emirates on his first official visit since being elected president of the Arab world's most populous country.

Emirati state news agency WAM says el-Sissi arrived in the capital of Abu Dhabi late Saturday and met with the powerful Abu Dhabi crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The visit reflects the strong support the Emirates has given el-Sissi's government since he was elected in June after leading the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

He previously visited the oil-rich Gulf federation in March 2014, when he was Egypt's interim military chief, to mark the end of joint military exercises between the two countries.

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