Egypt, Saudi Arabia to maintain blockade on Qatar

CAIRO: Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday jointly announced that their ongoing blockade of Qatar — first imposed in June of last year — would remain in effect until further notice, according to the Saudi-based Al-Arabiya television channel.
The two countries reiterated their ongoing refusal to “make any concessions” to the embattled Arab Gulf state.
The announcement was made following a meeting in Cairo between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the latter of whom visited Egypt on Tuesday as part of a wider tour of the region.
Both countries also stressed the need to contain what they described as Iranian “interference” in the region.
Although Qatar is a longstanding member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, it — along with Oman — maintains normal diplomatic relations with Tehran.
According to Al-Arabiya, al-Sisi, during Tuesday’s meeting in Cairo, “sent a message to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz [through the crown prince] regarding Egypt’s continued commitment to Gulf security”.
In June of last year, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain collectively severed ties with Doha and imposed an embargo — by air land and sea — on Qatar.
The Saudi-led axis accuses Doha of supporting terrorist groups in the region — allegations Qatar strenuously denies.–AA

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