FM meets Sisi; Egypt in­sists on de­mands

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Kuwait’s Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah met Egypt’s Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi at Cairo’s Al-It­ti­hadiya Palace yes­ter­day. The min­is­ter de­liv­ered a mes­sage of greet­ings from HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the Egyp­tian leader. He also ex­pressed Kuwait’s con­do­lences over lives lost in “ter­ror­ist in­ci­dents” that re­cently tar­geted Egypt. Fur­ther­more, he re­it­er­ated Kuwait’s “stead­fast and un­wa­ver­ing sup­port” of Egypt’s anti-ter­ror­ism ef­forts and mea­sures taken by Cairo aimed at bol­ster­ing se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity. Dur­ing the talks, the two of­fi­cials dis­cussed re­gional and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments.

Mean­while, Egyp­tian For­eign Min­is­ter Sameh Shoukry told Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled yes­ter­day 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. 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. Sisi told Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled he ap­pre­ci­ated what HH the Amir Sheikh 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.

“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 Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled 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. —Agen­cies


CAIRO: Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi (right) meets Kuwaiti For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled Al-Sabah (cen­ter) as Egyp­tian For­eign Min­is­ter Sameh Shoukry looks on yes­ter­day.

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