Egypt FM notes progress in reconciliation with Qatar

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Tuesday that negotiations to resolve the diplomatic crisis in Qatar have seen developments in recent days.

The developments stem from talks led by the US and Kuwait between Qatar and Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, all of which severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017 over alleged terrorism sponsorship and its close ties with Iran.

CNN reported that in an interview with Egyptian satellite channel TeN, Shoukry stated that Egypt was ready to deal positively with anything that achieves Arab solidarity and removes tension.

The minister said there was a solid framework in place to resolve the issues that led to the dispute between Qatar and the five countries.

However, Egypt was keen to reach a full settlement that took into account all the factors that led to the dispute.

Shoukry went on to say that a resolution between Qatar and the participating countries requires each member state to respect the internal affairs of another state and act in the interests of the public’s future.

The minister thanked Kuwait for efforts to resolve the dispute and strengthen the unity of the Gulf.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement on Tuesday: “We hope these laudable efforts will result in a comprehensive solution that addresses all the causes of this crisis and ensures a firm and sincere commitment to what is agreed. “

He stressed that Egypt places Arab solidarity, stability and security at the fore in all negotiations.

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