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Egypt resumes diplomatic relations with Qatar

Al-Ula agreement ended a diplomatic and travel boycott by the Arab Quartet — Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain — on Doha since June 2017

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Jan 2021
Sameh Shoukry
File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (AFP)
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Egypt agreed with Qatar to resume diplomatic relations between them, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.

According to a short statement issued by the Egyptian foreign ministry, the two countries agreed to resume diplomatic relations through diplomatic memos in accordance with Al-Ula agreement for Arab reconciliation with Qatar which was signed last week.

Al-Ula agreement ended a diplomatic and travel boycott by the Arab Quartet — Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain — on Doha since June 2017.

The agreement was signed last week by the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at their summit in Saudi Arabia.

The quartet cut diplomatic, economic, and travel ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing Doha of interfering in their internal affairs and supporting terrorist groups, charges denied by Qatar.

The return of diplomatic relations comes a day after the return of direct flights between Cairo and Doha.

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