Egypt rules out imminent end to Qatar crisis
Cairo: Qatar has shown no “actual interest” in resolving its crisis of more than two years with an Arab quartet, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry has said.
In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic and transportation links with Qatar over its support for terrorism.
The four countries presented to Qatar a list of demands to end the dispute.
“The crisis with Doha will linger on unless the demands are implemented,” Shukry said in remarks to Saudi newspaper Asharq Al Awsat published on Wednesday.
The demands include stopping support for radical groups, downgrading ties with Iran and shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera television network seen as a mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood designated as a terrorist organization.
“Until now, no response or desire has been seen on the part of Qatar to implement them positively,” the Egyptian official said. “These demands are linked to interests of our people. There are [Qatari] policies harming our people and we reject them. Consequently, there will be no change until Qatar shows its actual interest in these demands and stops interference in other countries’ affairs,” he added.
Shukry’s remarks come a few days after Saudi Arabia insisted that complying with these demands is the key to ending the row with Qatar.
Doha has rejected the demands, saying they infringed its sovereignty.