EGYPT UNDERSTANDS BAHRAIN’S BOYCOTT OF GULF SUMMITS ATTENDED BY QATAR: SPOKESPERSON

Egypt stressed, on Tuesday, solidarity and understanding for Bahrain’s decision of boycotting all the Gulf summits that Qatar will take part in, Egyptian foreign ministry said, in a statement.

“Egypt totally understands the stand of Hamad Bin Essa al-Khalifa, king of Bahrain, not to take part in the meetings or summits, of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in which Qatar will participate,” spokesperson of the foreign ministry, Ahmad Abu Zeid, said.

Bahrain’s foreign minister, on Monday, suggested suspending Qatar’s GCC membership, until it accepts the demands of the Arab countries boycotting Doha.

“Bahrain’s decision is a matter of sovereignty, to face the damages that harmed it, due to the negative Qatari policies in the past years,” the statement added.

Egypt also underscored solidarity with Bahrain, in all the decisions it has taken, to preserve security and stability of its people, it added.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, on Jun 5, severed ties with Qatar, over accusations of supporting extremism and being too close to Shiite rival Iran, charges which Doha has denied.

Source: NAM News Network