Greek embassy in Qatar takes over Egypt's diplomatic representation in Doha

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-06 04:52:55|Editor: yan
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ATHENS, June 5 (Xinhua) -- The Greek Embassy in Doha will take over the diplomatic representation of Egypt in Qatar after the country cut ties with Qatar, the Greek Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

"During Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias' telephone conversation today with the Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Hassan Shoukry, the Egyptian side requested that the Greek Embassy in Doha take over the diplomatic representation of the friendly Arab Republic of Egypt in Qatar," an e-mailed statement read.

"Within the framework of the traditionally friendly relations Greece maintains with the Arab world, Mr. Kotzias responded positively to his Egyptian counterpart's request," it added.

"Greece is at the disposal of all sides to contribute in any way to the benefit of regional cooperation and stability," the press release said.

The step came after Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Libya announced that they are cutting diplomatic relations with Qatar accusing Doha of supporting extremists and terrorism.

Qatar has dismissed the allegations as "baseless", but tensions remain high.