Egypt Watch

Egypt welcomes agreement to end Gulf crisis

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry expressed its appreciation for the efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis between the blockading countries (Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt) and Qatar, which have taken place since June 2017.

The spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Ahmed Hafez said, in a statement on Facebook, that Egypt expresses its appreciation for Kuwait’s continued efforts to heal the Arab rift and settle the crisis that occurred several years ago between Qatar and the Arab Quartet. The statement called for a comprehensive solution that addresses all causes of the crisis and ensures that what will be agreed upon is strictly and seriously adhered to. The statement emphasised that Egypt, based on its responsibilities and position, always puts in the foreground the preservation of Arab solidarity, stability, and security.

It is expected that Gulf reconciliation will take place at the summit meeting to be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain in principle this month. Last Friday, the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, sent letters of thanks and appreciation to the leaders of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United States against the backdrop of progress made in efforts to resolve the ongoing Gulf crisis for the fourth year in a row.

The Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, announced that the final agreement is expected soon. It is noteworthy that the blockading quartet severed its relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade on it, under the pretext that it supports terrorism, which Doha denies. It announced its rejection of everything that affects its national sovereignty and independence.