Egypt, Qatar hold new round of consultations in Doha

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 Sep 2021

According to the Egyptian foreign ministry, the two sides have reached an agreement on multiple issues of mutual concern and signed several memoranda of understanding to boost cooperation between the two countries

Yasser Othman & Ali bin Fahad Al-Hajri
Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs Yasser Othman with Special Envoy of the Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs for Regional Affairs Ali bin Fahad Al-Hajri during their meeting in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday 14 September, 2021. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Foreign ministry Facebook page.

Egypt and Qatar held a third round of meetings and consultations to develop their recently resumed ties and resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries on Tuesday in Doha, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced.

According to the statement, the two sides have reached an agreement on multiple issues of mutual concern and signed several memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to boost cooperation between the two countries, including cooperation protocols between Egypt Post and Qatar Post as well as an MoU between Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority and its Qatari counterpart.

The Egyptian delegation was presided over by Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs Yasser Othman, while the Qatari side was headed by Special Envoy of the Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs for Regional Affairs Ali bin Fahad Al-Hajri, the statement read.

In January, Egypt, along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain signed the Al-Ula Declaration with Qatar, restoring diplomatic, economic, and travel ties with Doha after a boycott imposed by the Arab quartet since mid-2017.

In the wake of the Al-Ula declaration, Egypt and Qatar agreed to move beyond their disputes and work towards settling all outstanding issues.

Following the signing of the declaration, Qatar Airways and EgyptAir resumed flights between the two countries' capitals.

Both countries exchanged ambassadors in July and August.

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met for the first time in Baghdad on 28 August on the sidelines of the Baghdad Conference on Cooperation and Partnership.

The first round of meetings of the follow up committee was held in Doha in June, while the second was held in Cairo in late August.

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