Egypt to host Saudi, UAE, Bahraini FMs over crisis with Qatar

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-03 18:07:42|Editor: Zhang Dongmiao
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CAIRO, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain will meet in Cairo Wednesday to discuss the Qatari crisis, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.

The meeting comes within the context of coordinating stances on future steps taken to deal with Qatar, as well as exchanging viewpoints and evaluating international and regional contacts, said Ahmed Abu Zeid.

Egypt has recently joined the Gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain in imposing a blockade on Qatar, accusing the latter of sheltering members of terrorist organizations and interfering in other countries' domestic affairs.

Egypt's administration, led by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, is at odds with Qatar for Qatar has allegedly supported and hosted fleeing members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, an organization currently blacklisted by the Egyptian government.

The Brotherhood supports former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, who was toppled in July 2013 in response to mass protests.

Among the six Gulf Cooperation Council states, Kuwait and Oman did not join the anti-Qatar blockade and the Kuwaiti leadership has been communicating with all parties of the crisis to reach a solution.

On June 27, the four Arab countries have issued a list of 13 demands to end rift with Doha including closing Al-Jazeera television and cutting diplomatic ties with Iran.

The deadline for the Qatar's response to the demands has ended Sunday. The four Arab countries has later announced in a joint statement an extension of the deadline by 48 hours in response to the request of Kuwait.