Qatar must comply with the four Arab countries' demands, Egypt's FM Shoukry
tells US envoy Zinni Thursday 10 Aug 2017
Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry told US special envoys on the Qatar
dispute Anthony Zinni and Tim Timothy Lenderking in a meeting in Cairo on
Thursday evening that Doha must end its support to terrorist organisations
as a condition to end the dispute with its Arab neighbours, a statement by,
the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Shoukry told Zinni that the diplomatic crisis with Qatar would end if the
Doha complies with the demands presented by the four Arab countries which
cut ties with Doha in early June, including ending its support to terrorism.
On 5 June, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE cut diplomatic
diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a commercial embargo on Doha,
accusing Qatar of backing terrorist groups and interfering in the internal
affairs of neighbouring countries.
Doha denies these accusations.
The four Arab countries later issued a list of 13 demands for Qatar to meet
before resuming relations, which included an end to Doha's funding of terror
groups in the region and extradition by Doha of dozens of their nationals
who are accused in terror related cases.
The four countries have demonstrated seriousness in resolving the dispute
and Qatar must now do the same and meet the demands which are in accordance
to international law, Shoukry told the US envoys.
Zinni and Lenderking had arrived in Cairo on Thursday evening after short
visits to Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE to discuss
ways to resolve the Qatar dispute with officials in those countries.
Earlier this week, Zinni and Lenderking were sent to the region by US
President Donald Trump to hold discussions with officials in various Arab
Gulf countries and Egypt to resolve the ongoing dispute.
Kuwait has been mediating between Qatar and the four Arab countries in an
attempt to broker a settlement.
Zinni said that the US supports the Kuwaiti mediation efforts and is hoping
for a resolution of the crisis in the near future, the foreign ministry
The US and a number of European countries have also been trying to negotiate
a resolution to end the dispute.