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29 November 2018 01:48 pm

Egypt and Saudi Arabia reaffirm maintaining blockade on Qatar -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 78

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Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates: Sharing 2022 World Cup can bring peace to the Middle East: FIFA president

November 27, 2018

Egypt, Saudi Arabia to maintain blockade on Qatar

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have jointly announced that the ongoing blockade against Qatar would remain in effect until further notice. 

This statement came during a meeting between visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in Cairo on Tuesday (November 27, 2018). 

According to the Press TV, Saudi-owned and Dubai-based al-Arabiya television news network reported that both countries reiterated their refusal to “make any concessions” towards Qatar.  Moreover, they will continue to confront Iranian “interference” in the region.

Saudi Prince
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In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar accusing it of “sponsoring terrorism.”

 Salman arrived in Egypt on Monday (November 26), as part of his first foreign tour since the murder of the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October, 2.

According to the Middle East Monitor, nearly 100 Egyptian journalists were reported to have rejected Salman’s visit, holding him responsible for Khashoggi’s murder. Also, a wide number of activists in Tunisia and other Arab countries included in Salman’s tour have also expressed their opposition to receiving the Saudi Prince.

EU confirms support for Kuwaiti mediation to resolve Gulf crisis

EU confirms support for Kuwaiti mediation to resolve Gulf crisis

The European Union (EU) affirmed its support for the ongoing mediation efforts led by the Amir of Kuwait H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah to solve the Gulf crisis. According to the QNA report, this came in a statement issued by the European Union External Action Service (EEAS) after the end of the meeting of the strategic dialogue between the EU and Kuwait, held in Brussels on Tuesday. The meeting witnessed political consultations on several issues. 

November 26, 2018 

Amir, Turkish President hail strategic partnership

Amir, Turkish President hail strategic partnership
Photo credit: QNA

Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed the development of the strong strategic relations between the two brotherly countries, and means of promoting them in wider fields, reported QNA. During the bilateral meeting which was held prior to the fourth meeting of Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee at Vahdettin Pavilion in Istanbul yesterday, H H the Amir and the Turkish President reviewed areas of joint cooperation, mainly in the fields of politics, trade, economy, investment and culture.

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(Cover image source: www.middleeastmonitor.com)