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Sisi Adheres to Arab Quartet Demands for Reconciliation with Qatar

Sisi Adheres to Arab Quartet Demands for Reconciliation with Qatar

Tuesday, 17 December, 2019 - 08:45
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stressed commitment to the list of 13 demands announced by Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Manama more than two years ago to proceed with reconciliation with Qatar.

“There are ongoing efforts that we wish to succeed,” he said when asked about the reconciliation. But he added: “I stress that the matter has not changed,” in reference to the list of conditions set by the four capitals.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced that they were severing diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar. The four countries said that the decision comes “to protect their national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism.”

On Yemen, Sisi said: “The issue is on the right track, and we will see a solution within the next few months.”

He was speaking on Monday during a meeting with representatives of foreign media, on the sidelines of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh.

On Libya, Sisi noted that Egypt’s national security was guaranteed by the African country.

“Libya is Egypt’s national security. Quietly, we confirm that no one can approach it,” he said, in a veiled response to Turkish agreements with the Government of National Accord.

The president renewed his commitment to supporting the Libyan National Army, stressing: “We will not abandon it, and this is one of the principles of our position in support of the national state.”

The Renaissance Dam was also among the issues that Sisi tackled during his discussion with the journalists.

He stated that Cairo would resort to a fourth party for the negotiations, if the talks sponsored by Washington did not result in an agreement by mid-January.

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