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After UAE, Egypt holds talks with Qatar for the first time after Al Ula declaration

  • Feb 23, 2021
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Official delegations from Qatar and Egypt held talks in Kuwait on Tuesday for the first time since an agreement last month to end a blockade on Qatar by a Saudi-led Arab quartet, including Egypt.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar in June, 2017, and imposed a land, sea, and air blockade. In early January, the blockading quartet and Qatar agreed at a summit held in Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula to restore diplomatic, trade and travel relations.
The Qatar-Egypt meeting on Tuesday was meant to lay down mechanisms and procedures for the future phase of the Al-Ula agreement issued on January 5, 2021. The two sides welcomed the measures taken by each other following the signing of the Al-Ula declaration as a step on the path of building confidence between the two brotherly countries. 
The meeting also discussed the necessary means and measures to be taken in order to enhance the course of joint work and bilateral relations between the two countries, and in a way that achieves the aspirations of their peoples in terms of security, stability and development. 
The two sides expressed appreciation to the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting the recent Gulf summit, which culminated in the issuance of the Al-Ula statement. The two sides thanked the sisterly State of Kuwait for hosting the first meeting between them, and expressed appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, for the efforts his country had led to heal the rift and its keenness to promote joint Arab action.
Delegates of of UAE have already met their Qatari counterparts in Kuwait.