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Egypt stresses importance of 'sincere intentions' for reconciliation with Qatar

Egypt voiced its appreciation for Kuwait's efforts to end the rift between Qatar and the Arab Quartet

Ahram Online , Thursday 31 Dec 2020
Ahmed Hafez
Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez
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Egypt stressed on Thursday the importance of “sincerity intentions” to achieve reconciliation between Qatar and the Arab Quartet, as a resolution over the dispute looks imminent.

Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez told reporters that Egypt always seeks to support sincere efforts aimed Arab unity and reconciliation.

He stressed the importance of sincere intentions to achieve reconciliation that would restore Arab relations’ privacy and preserve common interests.

“Reconciliation should also be based on the principles of non-interference in domestic affairs, combating threats to peace and stability of Arab countries and maintaining Arab national security," he said.

Hafez's statements come weeks after Egypt had voiced its appreciation for Kuwait's ongoing efforts to end the rift between Qatar and the Arab Quartet.

Cairo prioritises the preservation of Arab solidarity, stability, and security, according to a statement by the foreign ministry earlier this month.

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said Cairo wants an agreement that is clear on the obligations required from all parties in the event that reconciliation is achieved between Qatar and the Arab Quartet.

Shoukry said in a TV interview earlier in December that the agreement must reinforce the principles of good neighbourliness, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.

The Arab Quartet, which consists of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, was formed in mid-2017 as a diplomatic bloc to coordinate political stances to pressure Doha to end what the four countries deemed as Qatar's interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries and its support of terrorist organisations.

Doha has denied the accusations.

The four countries severed all diplomatic and transport links with Qatar in June 2017.

Kuwait has intensified its efforts to mediate a solution to end the crisis between the Arab Quartet and Doha.

The US is also mediating for a resolution to the crisis.

Qatar has been officially invited to attend the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit, to be held on 5 January in Riyadh amid the efforts to resolve the rift. 

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