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Qatar Crisis to Remain Until ‘Arab Quartet’ Demands Are Met, Shoukry Says

Qatar Crisis to Remain Until ‘Arab Quartet’ Demands Are Met, Shoukry Says

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019 - 10:00

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Qatar hasn’t shown any actual interaction or interest to resolve its crisis with the four boycotting countries.

He affirmed that his country, along with Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain will stick to their position ion this crisis if Doha doesn’t implement their demands.

Shoukry told Asharq al-Awsat after his recent visit to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, that Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad has a special status due to his quest for Arab reunification.

However, the FM noted that the four states’ stance is clear and calls of implementing the 13 demands, none of which has been implemented by Qatar so far.

“There are harmful policies that affect our peoples’ potentials, and we reject them.”

Therefore, “no change in our position will be seen until Qatar shows its real interest in implementing these demands and stops interfering in other countries’ affairs.”

He praised his first visit to Sudan after the new government formation, saying that the “Egyptian-Sudanese relations are of a special nature, which surpasses all other relations of common destiny, brotherhood, unity of purpose and affinity.”

Shoukry pointed to the bilateral keenness, even at the popular level, and especially after the changes that have taken place in Sudan.

“We look forward to further communication, interaction and cooperation with the current government in all fields, and this was confirmed by the visit to Khartoum.”

The visit was made to congratulate the new government and emphasize the joint work by both sides, “and we look forward to new horizons that satisfy aspirations of the two friendly peoples.”

Shoukry also pointed out that his country was always “supportive to the Sudanese people and has interacted with all parties to motivate them to reach a point of consensus and work on their country’s security and stability and the protection of its institutions.”

The new Sudan can overcome all challenges “due to its cooperation with its Arab and African brothers and the activation of multiple mechanisms in various fields, which will bring tangible results.”

Regarding the Egyptian-Sudanese disputes, Shoukry said the Egyptian policy has been stable since the previous ruling era, which was endorsed and implemented by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

This policy is based on containing any differences in points of views, not intervening in other states’ affairs, and forging areas of cooperation and close association between the two peoples, he explained.

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