Egypt’s El Sisi stresses that Qatar must meet 13 demands to resolve crisis

Egypt’s El Sisi stresses that Qatar must meet 13 demands to resolve crisis
Egypt’s El Sisi stresses that Qatar must meet 13 demands to resolve crisis

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Tuesday stressed that Qatar must meet the 13 demands tabled by a quartet of Arab nations to resolve the diplomatic crisis.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain severed relations with fellow GCC member Qatar in June 2017 because of Doha's interference in the internal affairs of other countries and its support for terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt also joined the boycott.

Qatar, however, has denied the charges.

"There are ongoing efforts that we hope will succeed. Doha’s position has not changed and there are 13 conditions that have not been met,” Mr El Sisi said during the World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh.

Acting as a mediator, Kuwait presented Qatar with a list of demands from the four Arab nations in 2017.

The demands stipulate that Doha must close broadcaster Al Jazeera, drastically scale back co-operation with Iran, remove Turkish troops from Qatar’s soil, end contact with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and submit to monthly external compliance checks.

The four Arab countries said that compliance would "protect their national security from terrorism".

Mr El Sisi's comments came as Qatar's Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, said talks with Saudi Arabia had broken the stalemate and that Doha would "study the demands".

But he said Doha would not alter relations with Ankara to resolve the dispute.

Following the GCC's 40th annual summit last week, the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash, said Gulf leaders agree that “long-term, genuine grievances” must be addressed to resolve the crisis.

There was some speculation before the summit that Sheikh Tamim, the Emir of Qatar, would attend, possibly indicating a breakthrough in resolving the dispute. However, this did not take place. Doha sent instead its Prime Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Naser Al Thani.

“We are not there yet. That is the view from the Riyadh Summit,” Dr Gargash said on Twitter.

In the past couple of years, Doha often sents lower-ranking official.

The new Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, said that Kuwaiti mediation would continue away from the media and public eye.

Officials in the Gulf and Egypt have long said that relations could be restored if Qatar took serious steps to address the concerns.

The White House said US President Donald spoke with Sheikh Tamim on Monday and expressed hope that discussions “would lead to resolution of the Gulf dispute".

Updated: December 17, 2019 05:20 PM

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