Egyptian, Qatari delegations meet in Kuwait to agree on cooperation mechanism following Al-Ula summit

Egyptian, Qatari delegations meet in Kuwait to agree on cooperation mechanism following Al-Ula summit Wed, Feb. 24, 2021
CAIRO - 24 February 2020: Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement confirming that two official delegations from Egypt and Qatar held their first meeting in Kuwait to set mechanisms and procedures for the next phase, following Al-Ula summit statement issued in Saudi Arabia in January 2021.

The two sides welcomed the measures taken by both countries after signing Al-Ula statement as a step to build confidence between the two brotherly countries. The meeting also discussed the necessary means and measures that must be taken in order to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries, and to achieve the aspirations of their peoples in terms of security, stability and development.

The two sides expressed their appreciation to the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting the recent Gulf summit, which culminated in the issuance of Al-Ula statement.

The two sides thanked the State of Kuwait for hosting the first meeting between them, and expressed their appreciation to Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, for the efforts exerted by his country to resolve the dispute and promote joint Arab action.

Leaders and heads of the GCC member states' delegations signed the final statement of the 41st Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held in Saudi Arabia's Al-Ula town. The GCC countries affirmed in the final statement their keenness on achieving unity in the face of any threat.

The GCC's 41st Supreme Council session's meeting was attended by Senior Advisor to U.S. President Jared Kushner, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit.

In a joint press conference with GCC Secretary General Nayef al-Hajraf after the summit, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Faisal Bin Farhan stated that the Arab reconciliation would not be achieved without "the tireless efforts of Kuwait, and the United States of America".

Egypt’s Minster Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry attended the summit held in Al-Ula town and signed the final statement of the 41st Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The ministry's statement indicated that Egypt is always keen on establishing solidarity among the Arab quartet – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates – and on joint Arab work in the face of the massive threats witnessed by the region. The ministry also stressed that good intentions, and not interfering in other countries' internal affairs is the base for relations among Arab states.

In that context, "Egypt values and appreciates every honest effort made to achieve reconciliation between the quartet and Qatar, primarily the efforts of Kuwait over the past years," the statement reads.

Saudi Arabia announced that it resumed aviation with Qatar and opened urban borders with the fellow Gulf state. That came three years and a half after the Arab quartet severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017 for funding terrorism.

In his speech at the summit, Emir of Kuwait Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed appreciation for the Egyptian role in backing matters pertinent to the region's security, welcoming Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry.

The summit was also attended by Emirati Prime Minister and Emir of Dubai Mohamed Bin Rashed Al- Maktoum; Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman; Omani Deputy Prime Minister Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al-Said; Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad; and GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Bin Rashed Al-Zayani.

In 2017, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain had issued a joint statement designating nine entities and nine people as involved in terrorist activities and linked to the Arab gulf state of Qatar, state-run news agency MENA reported.

In a joint statement, nine charity entities were listed as linked to “terrorism" supported by Qatar, with three based in Yemen and six in Libya. The statement also named nine individuals from different Arab countries as allegedly linked with terrorism, including Qatari, Kuwaiti, Yemeni, and Libyan nationals.

In the same year, the four Arab states severed diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar, accusing the oil-rich Gulf state of supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs. Doha has denied the accusations.

Shortly after the severing of ties, the four countries released a list that included what it described as several terrorism financiers from businessmen, politicians and royal family members.

The list included Youssef El-Qaradawi, the 90-year-old Egyptian-Qatari scholar and spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, which has been designated a terrorist organization by Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia.