Egypt’s Foreign Minister SamehShukryremarked that Qatar hasn’t exhibited even little “actual interest” in rectifying its crisis with Arab quartet going on for over 2 years now.
Qatar’s alleged support to terrorism had triggered tensions that led to Saudi Arabia along with the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cutting off all diplomatic and transportation associations with Qatar in 2017.
Shukry stated, “ The crises with Doha will continue being stretched until the demands are met and acknowledged.”
The four-nation group had handed over a list of demands to Qatar that must be taken into consideration in order to end the years of dispute.
The list of demands includes termination of backing for radical groups, depleting their ties with Iran and shutting down of Qatar based Al Jazeera television network believed to work as a spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood, designated as a terrorist organization.
Shukry while speaking regarding the demands said, “ Qatar hasn’t responded so far and no intention has been shown from their end to implement the demands positively. These demands are directly related to the welfare of our citizens. Certain policies of Qatar are causing harm to our people and we clearly reject them and there can’t be a significant change unless Qatar shows intent towards meeting the demands.”
Egyptian official’s statement comes days after Saudi Arabia made a stand that abiding by the demands was the only way to end the conflict with Qatar.
Qatar, on the other hand, has dismissed the demands saying that they intervene in its sovereignty.