EGYPTIAN FM, U.S. ENVOYS DISCUSS RESOLVING CRISIS WITH QATAR

Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, discussed with U.S. envoys, about possible ways to resolve a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and four other Arab countries, including Egypt.

In a statement, the Egyptian foreign ministry said, Shoukry received in Cairo, Timothy Lenderking, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Gulf affairs, and former U.S. Marine Corps General, Anthony Zinni.

In Jun last year, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar, accusing the oil rich Gulf country of supporting terrorism. Qatar rejects the allegations as “baseless.”

The four Arab countries also issued a list of 13 demands for Doha to end the crisis, including reducing its ties with Iran and closing the Qatari Al-Jazeera TV station.

Shoukry raised the concerns of Egypt and the other countries, of Qatar’s continued negative role in sponsoring terrorism and extremism, “either materially or by providing safe haven to terrorists, or spreading the discourse of hatred and incitement,” which endangers the security of the four countries, the statement said.

The foreign minister stressed that, there is consensus among the four countries that Qatar should implement their list of demands, adding that, the Arab countries have demonstrated on more than one occasion, seriousness in dealing with the crisis.

Source: NAM News Network