Egypt un­bend­ing

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Egypt is stand­ing by the list of de­mands it and three Gulf Arab coun­tries made of Qatar and will keep sanc­tions against Doha in place, For­eign Min­is­ter Sameh Shoukry told his Kuwaiti coun­ter­part on Mon­day.

Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain and Egypt im­posed sanc­tions on Qatar on June 5, cut­ting diplo­matic and trans­port ties with the tiny Gulf monar­chy, af­ter ac­cus­ing it of fi­nanc­ing mil­i­tant groups and al­ly­ing with their re­gional arch-foe Iran. Doha de­nies the ac­cu­sa­tions.

Kuwait has been lead­ing me­di­a­tion ef­forts be­tween Qatar and the four Arab states boy­cotting it. Its top diplo­mat Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah met Shoukry and Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah el-Sisi in Cairo on Mon­day.

“The For­eign Min­is­ter af­firmed to his Kuwaiti coun­ter­part Egypt’s com­mit­ment to the list of de­mands pre­sented to the state of Qatar and the con­tin­u­a­tion of sanc­tions taken against it,” For­eign Min­istry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a state­ment.

The in­sis­tence comes “in light of what the quar­tet states see as Qatar’s stalling and pro­cras­ti­na­tion, and lack of con­cern for the con­cerns of the four states,” he said.

Shoukry told Sabah the only way the cri­sis would be re­solved was if Qatar ful­filled the de­mands, which in­clude cur­tail­ing its sup­port for the Mus­lim Brother­hood, shut­ting down the pan-Arab al Jazeera satel­lite TV chan­nel, clos­ing a Turk­ish mil­i­tary base and down­grad­ing its re­la­tions with ri­val Iran.

Sisi told Sabah he ap­pre­ci­ated what Kuwait’s Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber al-Sabah was do­ing to pre­serve Arab unity but that Egypt would not let any­one in­ter­fere in its af­fairs and would stand strong against poli­cies that sup­port ter­ror­ism, his spokesman Alaa Youssef said in a state­ment.

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