No ‘com­pro­mise’ over Qatar: Egypt tells Euro­pean Union

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Brus­sels, Bel­gium - Egypt warned the EU on Tues­day that four Arab states would ac­cept no com­pro­mise in their dis­pute with Qatar over al­lega­tions that the gas-rich emi­rate sup­ports ter­ror­ism.

For­eign Min­is­ter Sameh Shoukry, speak­ing af­ter talks with Euro­pean Union diplo­matic chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini in Brus­sels, said Qatar must ac­cept in full the de­mands by Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia, Bahrain and the UAE.

“It is not an is­sue of com­pro­mise, we can­not com­pro­mise with any form of ter­ror­ism, we can­not com­pro­mise or en­ter into any form of ne­go­ti­a­tions,” Shoukry told a press con­fer­ence.

“It is only once the nec­es­sary mea­sures are un­der­taken by Qatar, that goes to­wards truly ac­cept­ing to be a part­ner in the fight against ter­ror­ism, that this cri­sis will be re­solved,” he said.

Mogherini - who at the week­end met Kuwait’s Emir, a key fig­ure in­volved in try­ing to me­di­ate the cri­sis - in turn re­it­er­ated calls for talks to re­solve the cri­sis.

Er­do­gan sees progress

Ear­lier on Mon­day, Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said his visit to the Gulf re­gion made a con­tri­bu­tion to eas­ing the cri­sis sur­round­ing Ankara’s ally Qatar, but in­di­cated that more time was needed to end the stand­off.

Er­do­gan vis­ited Saudi Ara­bia and Kuwait at the week­end be­fore head­ing to Qatar on Mon­day for talks with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al Thani in a trip aimed at de­fus­ing the cri­sis.

Er­do­gan has voiced sup­port for Kuwait’s me­di­a­tion ef­forts, a pos­si­ble in­di­ca­tion that Ankara sees the emi­rate as the key to re­solv­ing the cri­sis.


Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan (cen­tre) and his wife Em­ine Er­do­gan (left) were re­ceived by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al Thani (right) at Doha In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Mon­day

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