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Egypt bans Qatari ships from docking in Suez Canal zone ports

Ahram Online , Friday 7 Jul 2017
Mohab Mamish
File photo: Mohab Mameesh, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority ,talks to state TV as he checks work at the New Suez Canal, Ismailia, Egypt, July 25, 2015 (Reuters)
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The Suez Canal Authority is committed to a ban on allowing Qatari ships to dock in ports within the Suez Canal’s economic zone, chairman Mohab Mamish has said.

In press statements on Friday, Mamish said that Egyptian ban on the ships is being imposed on all ports within the zone based on Egyptian sovereignty over its territorial waters.

The decision, however, does not include a ban on passing through the canal, as under the Constantinople 1869 agreement it is illegal to ban ships coming from any country from passing through.

Mamish pointed out that the revenues of the canal would not be affected by the ban due to the already low number of Qatari ships that dock in the ports.

On 5 June, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain cut ties and trade links with the tiny oil-rich state over Qatar’s alleged support of terrorist groups and its relationship with Iran.

Qatar denies supporting terrorists and has defended its close ties with Iran.

 

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