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Egypt backs Kuwaiti efforts to resolve Qatar row

Sissi demands Doha respond to concerns of boycotting countries

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Cairo: Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi has demanded Qatar act to address concerns of Egypt and three other Arab countries who are boycotting the Gulf emirate over its support for terrorism.

The Egyptian leader made the demand at talks in Cairo Monday night with two envoys from Kuwait, which has been acting as a mediator in the two-month crisis.

“The president has underscored the necessity that Qatar responds to the concerns of Egypt and the three Gulf countries,” spokesman for Al Sissi, Alaa Yusuf, said.

In June, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain broke off diplomatic ties and transportation links with Qatar for its support for terrorism and destabilising the region.

The four countries later presented a list of demands to Qatar in order to end the dispute.

These demands include curbing ties with Iran, stopping support for terrorist groups, and shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera network notorious for hostile coverage of the four countries.

Qatar has rejected the demands in a blow to Kuwait’s efforts to resolve the crisis.

In a fresh mediation bid, Kuwaiti Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Monday sent to Saudi Arabia and Egypt First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Shaikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah, and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Information Minister Shaikh Mohammad Al Abdullah.

The two envoys delivered to Al Sissi a written message from Shaikh Sabah on Kuwait’s ongoing efforts to solve the Qatar crisis, Yusuf said.

“The president expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the Emir of the State of Kuwait for consolidating Arab solidarity,” the official added.

“The meeting dealt with the latest developments in the Qatar crisis in view of Kuwait’s endeavours. The president confirmed Egypt’s backing for these endeavours.”

Egypt and Kuwait have agreed to continue “intense coordination and consultation”, Yusuf said without elaborating.

Qatar is a staunch backer of the Muslim Brotherhood banned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Egypt has accused the Brotherhood and Qatar of standing behind a spate of deadly attacks that hit the country since the army’s 2013 toppling of president Mohammad Mursi, who hails from the Islamist group.