Egyptian-Qatari follow-up committee holds new round of consultation in Cairo

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 Aug 2021

The meeting discussed means to enhance bilateral relations in the coming period

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry meets Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (Photo courtesy of MOFA)

A follow-up committee formed by Egypt and Qatar to develop the recently-resumed ties between Cairo and Doha convened in Cairo on Tuesday for a new round of bilateral consultations following the Al-Ula declaration.

Today's meeting saw a review of a number of issues on the committee's agenda as well as a discussion on enhancing bilateral relations in the coming period, according to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry.

The Egyptian side 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, according to the statement.

In January, Egypt, along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, signed an agreement in the Saudi city of Al-Ula that restored ties with Doha and ended a boycott by the Arab quartet that started in mid-2017.

The quartet had 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.

In the wake of the Al-Ula declaration, Egypt and Qatar agreed to move beyond their dispute and work towards settling all outstanding issues. Rounds of meetings of joint Egyptian-Qatari committees have been held this year to follow up on the development of bilateral ties following the agreement.

In June, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdul-Rahman Al-Thani in Doha.

In an official statement both ministers expressed satisfaction with the developments in Egyptian-Qatari relations following the signing of the Al-Ula Declaration and agreed to fully restore diplomatic ties.

The previous round of the follow-up committee's consultations had resolved many outstanding issues between Doha and Cairo, Qatar’s foreign minister said in June.

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

El-Sisi and Tamim agreed to continuing consultation to boost bilateral relations during the coming period, a statement by the Egyptian presidency said, adding that the two leaders also agreed to proceed with mutual steps to resume the two countries' bilateral cooperation mechanisms.

In January, following the signing of the agreement, Qatar Airways and EgyptAir resumed flights between the two countries' capitals.

Also, both countries exchanged the appointment of ambassadors in July and August.

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